The P-8A Poseidon, the Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, is a multi-mission capable replacement aircraft for the legacy P-3C Orion. Designed to secure the Navy’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, the P-8A Poseidon has transformed how the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy.


As the Navy transitions to the full capacity with the P-8A Poseidon, the aircraft continues the work-horse tradition established by the P-3C Orion. The P-8A has a planned state-of-the-art open architecture mission system and continues to integrate next-generation sensors. Leveraging the experience and technology of the successful P-3C Orion with the needs of the fleet, the P-8A is designed to be combat-capable improving an operator’s ability to efficiently conduct anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. These capabilities give warfighters added protection. The aircraft empowers the fleet with more combat capability, responsiveness, and interoperability with traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors. The P-8A Poseidon has significant growth potential, with planned, phased-in technological improvements that extend global reach, payload capacity, and higher-operating altitude.




Primary Function:  Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Contractor:  Boeing Defense, Space and Security
Propulsion:  2 CFM 56-7B engines with 27,300 lbs. thrust each
Length:  129.5 feet (39.47 meters)
Height: 42.1 feet (12.83 meters)
Wingspan:  123.6 feet (37.64 meters)
Maximum Gross Takeoff:  189,200 pounds (85,820 kilograms)
Airspeed:  490 knots (564 mph) true air speed
Ceiling:  41,000 feet (12,496 meters)
Range:  1,200 nautical miles radius with four hours on station
Crew:  Nine
Armament:  Torpedoes, cruise missiles

Program Status

Acquisition Phase: Full Rate Production (FRP)
Inventory:  50
Projected Inventory: 109
Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) date: November 2013
Projected Full Operational Capabilities (FOC) date: 2023

--This page was updated February 2017--