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Michael Fallon: UK to Order 1st Boeing P-8 Poseidon in Summer 2016

Michael Fallon: UK to Order 1st Boeing P-8 Poseidon in Summer 2016 - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Boeing-P-8A-PoseidonThe U.K. government plans to order the first of nine Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon aircraft in the summer of 2016 through a contract worth approximately $2.9 billion in support of its maritime surveillance efforts, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Alan Tovey writes Michael Fallon, U.K. defense secretary, made the announcement during a visit to a military installation in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fallon said the planned procurement aims to help the U.K. protect its nuclear submarines from potential threats as well as meet NATO's two-percent target for defense spending.

The P-8s will replace the country's Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft program that was canceled by the U.K. government in 2010, according to the report.

P-8A Poseidon is designed for use in intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance operations as well as anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions.

Boeing will manufacture the planes at its facility in Washington, the report added.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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