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P-8A declared ready for fleet introduction

 

One of NAVAIR’s P-8A Poseidon’s has successfully launched a Harpoon AGM-84D Block IC missile during a live fire exercise in California at the Point Mugu Sea Test Range.

The missile scored a direct hit on a modular target on the first hot run.

The U.S. Navy announced on July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that the P-8A Poseidon was ready for fleet introduction.”

Last month, the Harpoon was fired from the P-8A, resulting in a successful target strike.

With the program passing IOT&E, the P-8A program is on track for an initial operational deployment this winter when the first P-8A squadron will deploy with P-3 and EP-3 squadrons.

To date, nine low rate production aircraft have been delivered to the fleet and six test aircraft have been delivered to NAVAIR. According to the program of records, the Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8A’s that will replace the P-3C Orion as a long-range anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

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