P-8A Poseidon

Based on the proven commercial designs of Boeing's 737-800 fuselage, the P-8A Poseidon is built specifically as a military aircraft and has been substantially modified to include:

  • a weapons bay
  • under wing and under fuselage hard points for weapons
  • increased strengthening for low level (down to 200ft) operations and high angle turns.

12 P-8A aircraft are currently operated by No. 11 and No. 292 Squadrons based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, under the command of No. 92 Wing. Primary roles involve:

  • anti-submarine warfare 
  • anti-surface warfare 
  • maritime surveillance 
  • search and rescue.

The P-8A Poseidon has advanced sensors and mission systems including:

  • a multi-role radar 
  • high-definition cameras
  • high-capacity acoustics
  • extensive communications systems.

The internal fuel capacity of almost 34 tonnes allows the P-8A to conduct low-level anti-submarine warfare missions more than 2,000 kilometres from base. The P-8A is also capable of air-to-air refuelling with KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Specifications

Manufacturer Boeing
Role
  • Maritime intelligence 
  • Surveillance 
  • Reconnaissance and response
Crew
  • Pilot 
  • Co-pilot 
  • Mission specialists
Length 39.5m
Height 12.8m
Wingspan 37.6m
Weight 85,820 kg (max)
Engines Two CFM56-7 BE(27) engines each with 27000 lb thrust
Range 7,500km
Ceiling 41,000 feet (12,496 metres)
Max speed 907km/h
Capacity
  • sonobuoys 
  • 11 weapons stations
Weapons
  • Self-protection measures
  • Lightweight anti-submarine torpedo 
  • AGM-84 harpoon anti-ship missiles