Boeing has won a $32 million modification contract to conduct damage tolerance analysis on US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft to determine the damage tolerance rating.
Additionally, this modification will provide non-destructive inspections for structural components on the P-8A aircraft, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Monday.
According to the company, the P-8 aircraft is designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime, littoral operations, humanitarian and search and rescue missions, etc.
The P-8 also conducts shipping interdiction and early warning self-protection (EWSP) ability which involves carrying torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys. It is designed to operate in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle.
Work is expected to be completed in March 2023.