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P-8A Poseidon

The P-8A Poseidon is a modified Boeing 737-800ERX, bringing together a highly reliable airframe and high-bypass turbo fan jet engine with a fully connected, state-of-the-art open architecture mission system. This combination, coupled with next-generation sensors, will dramatically improve anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capabilities.
P-8A Poseidon Copyright © Personnel Specialist 1st Class Anthony Petry, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Contractor

Primary contractor: Boeing

Crew

2 Pilots
5 Mission Specialists
1 Relief Pilot
1 In-Flight Technician

Weapon systems

Weapon bay
Internal Weapon Bay
» Mk 54 Torpedo
» Quickstrike Naval Mine
Hardpoints
4 x Under-wing Hardpoint
» A/U/RGM-84 Harpoon

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 39.47 meters 129.5 feet
Wingspan: 35.72 meters 117.2 feet
Height: 12.83 meters 42.1 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: ~85 370 kilograms 188 200 pounds
Features
Power plant: two high-bypass CFM56 turbofan engines
Speed: 490 knots (~910 kilometers per hour) (~560 miles per hour)
Ceiling: ~12 500 meters 41 000 feet
Range: 1 200 nautical miles (~2 220 kilometers (with four hours on station)) (~1 380 miles (with four hours on station))