The Navy has ordered its first production lot of P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing in a $2.4 billion contract, Boeing said Tuesday.
The order for 18 additional aircraft means the program will enter full production.
The order takes the total fleet to 53 and marks the transition from preliminary to low-rate production of the P-8A, which will bolster maritime patrol capabilities, the company said.
I hope and pray that P-8 is one program where the end buy in the out years keeps getting stretched out. No matter what the Navy says, they need more than 117.