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P-8 Orders for Boeing Spill Over into Canada

by: Matthew Potter
November 30, 2011

Category: Boeing, Business Line, CAE, Canada, Companies, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, Countries, Department of Defense, development program, Events, India, Military Aviation, production program, Services, training, U.S. Navy | RSS 2.0

The Boeing (BA) manufactured P-8 Poseidon is the new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the U.S. Navy. A version has also been sold to India. The P-8 is based on the 737 commercial airliner and will ultimately replace the Cold War era P-3 Orion aircraft manufactured by Lockheed.

Boeing has recently received the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) orders from the Navy and the system is currently undergoing testing at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland. So far the contracts issued for the aircraft are well over $1.5 billion and ultimately 100 of them could be operated by the Navy. India has also ordered 12 of the new aircraft.

As with many new systems Boeing is providing not only the aircraft, but things like spares, support and training. As part of this they recently placed an order themselves with Canada’s CAE (CAE) for six more operational flight trainers to support the U.S. Navy’s program. These OFT are part of Boeing’s recent LRIP order.

The OFT’s along with Desktop Environment Trainers (AeDTE) are key components of the program and will support aircrew transitioning to the new aircraft as well as maintaining proficiency. Due to the high cost of operating aircraft more-and-more services are investing in high fidelity simulators and training devices to aid these efforts while reducing flight time on the actual aircraft.

CAE and its American subsidiary have over the last several years established themselves as one of the premier designers and manufacturers of simulators and training devices like these for the P-8.

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