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INNOVATION  FUTURE EQUIPMENT

Simon Michell talks to Air Commodore Ian Gale about the Royal Air Force’s plan to introduce the P-8A Poseidon aircraft into service by 2020

INTRODUCING THE

P8A POSEIDON

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ollowing extensive work to study the maritime threat to the United Kingdom, along with the potential solutions to address them, the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) tasked the Ministry of Defence with acquiring nine P-8A multimission aircraft from Boeing to fill the maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) gap. If all goes to plan, the first P-8A will enter service at the end of the decade. To meet this deadline and keep costs down, the UK P-8As will be the same configuration as US Navy increment 3 aircraft. This type of commercial, off-the-

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shelf acquisition is a compromise to some extent, but one that brings considerable benefits. By doing it this way, the RAF maintains complete interoperability with US Navy P-8As. Furthermore, according to Air Commodore Ian Gale, the Senior Responsible Owner for current and nascent airborne Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance capabilities, “we minimise costs, which can be driven by bespoke country solutions, and we get the fastest route to operating the system without the delays of developing new configurations… You can rest assured that no stone is being left unturned in driving down the cost of this programme.”

AIR POWER 2016 INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION

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