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Boeing, ST Engineering ink MOU to collaborate on P-8A Poseidon sustainment

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 45 of the US Navy. Boeing has inked an MOU with ST Engineering to explore potential collaboration opportunities on the aircraft type. (US Navy)

Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Singapore's state-affiliated defence company ST Engineering to jointly explore potential areas of co-operation regarding the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

The MOU was disclosed by Boeing in a media release on 29 May. Under the MOU, Boeing and ST Engineering will “outline potential areas of collaboration in systems integration, training, local parts distribution, support and sustainment work for the P-8A Poseidon”, said the release.

“Boeing and ST Engineering have identified opportunities to collaborate in a number of areas and will explore these in more detail, including jointly developing a P-8 service centre in Singapore with the provision of engineers and aircraft maintenance technicians to support maintenance and engineering services,” it added.

ST Engineering had not responded to Janes request for a statement on the MOU and for more details on the potential collaboration at the time of publication.

The P-8A is a long-range MPA that is based on Boeing's 737-800 commercial airframe. Besides maritime patrol missions, the aircraft is also capable of carrying out anti-submarine; anti-surface; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

The P-8A's core suite of sensors includes the Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime surveillance radar, the L-3 Wescam MX-20HD digital electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor, the Northrop Grumman AN/ALQ-240(V)1 electronic support measures (ESM) system, and the Terma AN/ALQ-213(V) electronic warfare management system.

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