Boeing hints at Poseidon-like, medium-sized maritime surveillance aircraft for global export

FARNBOROUGH, England- Boeing Co. officials in Seattle claim they are ready to offer a future medium-sized Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) somewhat similar to the U.S. Navy's P-8 Poseidon for international oceanic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Boeing is not disclosing the type of aircraft that will house the MSA's surveillance equipment. Despite lack of an actual aircraft, Boeing officials say the future aircraft will blend technologies the company developed for the U.S. Navy P-8 maritime patrol aircraft based on the twin-engine 737-800 airliner, as well as the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) radar surveillance aircraft based on the four-engine 707 passenger jet.

Boeing is planning a medium-sized maritime patrol aircraft with P-8 and E-3 surveillance technologies, but isn't naming the aircraft type.
Boeing is planning a medium-sized maritime patrol aircraft with P-8 and E-3 surveillance technologies, but isn't naming the aircraft type.

"We've selected a preferred aircraft and are in discussions with a manufacturer about supplying and modifying its aircraft," says Tim Peters, vice president and general manager of the Surveillance and Engagement segment of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division.

The future MSA design will blend sensor capabilities in radar, electro-optics, and electronic warfare, and have a proven open-architecture design.

The maritime surveillance market will be worth more than $10 billion over the next 10 years, Boeing analysts say.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Boeing Surveillance and Engagement online at www.boeing.com/defense-space/surveillance, and read Military & Aerospace Electronics and Avionics Intelligence Farnborough International Airshow coverage online at www.militaryaerospace.com/farnborough-report.


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