The company said it will deliver the sixth production Poseidon to the Navy in early 2013 and plans to build 117 planes for the duration of the program.
“This is our final P-8A delivery of the year; we'll ramp up to 12 deliveries, including P-8I aircraft for India, in 2013,” said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager.
Dabundo added the company’s in-line production approach “draws on processes developed on the company’s commercial and military programs.”
“As we transition to the P-8A and prepare for initial operational capability in 2013, the U.S. Navy is successfully flying the first production planes at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.,” said Capt. Aaron Rondeau, the Navy’s P-8A integrated product team lead.
The next three Poseidon aircraft are undergoing mission systems installation and checkout in Seattle and two more are in final assembly in Renton, Wash.