About the aircraft
The P-8A Poseidon has advanced sensors and mission systems, including a state-of-the-art multi-role radar, high definition cameras, and an acoustic system with four times the processing capacity of the AP-3C Orion.
The P-8A is built specifically as a military aircraft. It is based on the proven commercial designs of Boeing's 737-800 fuselage, but has been substantially modified to include:
- a weapons bay
- under wing and under fuselage hard points for weapons, and
- increased strengthening for low level (down to 200ft) operations and high angle turns.
The P-8A aircraft has an extensive communications system including radios and data links across VHF, UHF, HF and SATCOM.
An internal fuel capacity of almost 34 tonnes allows the P-8A to conduct low level anti-submarine warfare missions at a distance of greater than 2,000 kilometres from base. The P-8A is also compatible for air-to-air refueling with KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.
|Role||Maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and response|
|Crew||Pilot, co-pilot, mission specialists|
|Engine||Two CFM56-7 BE(27) engines each with 27000 lb thrust|
|Airframe||Length: 39.5 m, height: 12.8 m|
|Weight||85,820 kg (max)|
|Max Speed||907 km/h|
41,000 feet (12,496 metres)
|Capacity||Sonobuoys, 11 weapons stations|
|Weapons||Self-Protection Measures, Lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo, AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles|