The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon production aircraft completed its first flight on July 7, taking off from Renton Field and landing three hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The P-8A is the first of six low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft Boeing is building for the U.S. Navy as part of a $1.6 billion contract awarded in January.
The successful flight marked LRIP-1’s completion of final assembly in the company’s Renton factory and transition to mission system installation and checkout in Seattle. Boeing will deliver LRIP-1 to the Navy next year in preparation for initial operational capability, which is planned for 2013.
Well, at least ONE defense acquisition program is running fairly well.
Yes, I know, AW1 Tim and some others have real issues with the concept of operations for the P-8. Fair enough. But at least the development side has run fairly smoothly.
- Boeing flies first production P-8A Poseidon (seattlepi.com)