Boeing is in exploratory talks with various allies to fill NATO’s current gap in maritime surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to company and allied officials.
The idea would be to make the P-8 military multimission maritime version of Boeing’s commercial 737 aircraft available to a core group of allies as a stop-gap measure until the alliance secures its own maritime capabilities by 2035.
“Our interim solution would help de-risk that next generation of maritime patrol aircraft for the allies,” Steven Gillard, director of NATO affairs at Boeing’s office in Brussels, said during a 2 April interview. Gillard’s team briefed an audience of 20 allies later that day about the P-8’s capabilities, and will do the same the following week to the so-called Bucharest 9 format of NATO’s eastern flank countries.
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