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Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 911783, tabled on 8 July 2019

What progress is being made on the delivery to the UK of the Poseidon MRA Mk1 (P-8A) aircraft.

Answered on

8 July 2019

Initial build of the first UK aircraft is complete. Painted in RAF livery, its first flight is scheduled for later this week. Delivery, as the RAF’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, is expected in October. Manufacture of the second aircraft, for delivery in January 2020, is under way.

The first two aircrew courses have graduated and engineering training is ongoing. Construction of support infrastructure at RAF Lossiemouth is also continuing apace, so significant progress is being made.

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