The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of five Boeing P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft to Germany worth an estimated $1.77 billion.
Germany currently operates the Lockheed P-3C Orion, which is reaching end-of-life and will retire in 2024. Germany plans to replace it with the P-8A Poseidon. The proposed sale will allow Germany to modernize and sustain its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) capability for the next 30 years.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Friday.
The Government of Germany has requested to buy five P-8A Patrol Aircraft; nine Multifunctional Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems and twelve LN-251 with Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGls).
Also included are commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS); Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared MX-20HD; AN/ AAQ-2(V) I Acoustic System; AN/APY-10 radar; ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures; NexGen Missile Warning Sensors; AN/PRC-117G Manpack radios include MPE-S type II with SAASM 3.7; Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 524D Precise Positioning System (PPS) for APY-10 Radar; AN/ALQ-213 Electronic Counter Measures; AN/ALE-47 Counter Measures Dispensing Systems; AN/UPX IFF Interrogators; APX-123A(C) IFF Digital Transponders; KIV-78 IFF Mode 5 Cryptographic Appliques; CCM-701A Cryptographic Core Modules; KY-100M, KY-58, KYV-5 for HF-121C radios besides AN/PYQ-10 V3 Simple Key Loaders (SKL) with KOV-21 Cryptographic Appliques.
The deal will include aircraft spares; spare engine; support equipment; operational support systems; training; training devices; maintenance trainer/classrooms; publications; software; engineering technical assistance (ETA); logistics technical assistance (LTA); Country Liaison Officer (CLO) support; Contractor Engineering Technical Services (CETS); repair and return (RoR); transportation; aircraft ferry; and other associated training and support; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $1.77 billion.
The proposed sale will improve Germany’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing critical capabilities to coalition maritime operations.
The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.