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Boeing names Poseidon support team for Germany

Boeing has named ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik as national partners to support the P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) in Germany.

An artist's impression of the P-8A Poseidon in German Navy markings. (Boeing)

An artist's impression of the P-8A Poseidon in German Navy markings. (Boeing)

The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) said on 17 June that it had signed agreements with both companies to explore potential areas of collaboration in systems integration, training, support, and sustainment work, should Germany chose to buy the Poseidon to fulfil its interim maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) requirement.

“Boeing, ESG, and Lufthansa Technik have identified opportunities to collaborate in a number of areas and will explore these in more detail, including training and simulation, cyber security, systems integration, certification, environmental compliance, communications systems, electronic attack and electronic protect systems, aircraft and engine sustainment, component support services, predictive maintenance analysis and logistics services,” the OEM said, adding that other German companies already supplying components to the Poseidon include Aljo Aluminium-Bau Jonuscheit GmbH and Nord-Micro GmbH.

The support team announcement came about three months after Germany was approved by the US government to procure five Poseidon aircraft for USD1.77 billion. The German Navy is seeking a potential interim solution following the recent cancellation of its P-3C Orion upgrade programme.

Although the Poseidon sale was approved in March, the French government has offered the Dassault-Breguet Atlantique that is flown by the French Navy and which, as the Atlantic, was previously operated by the German Navy. Airbus has also offered its C295 Persuader, while Rheinland Air Service (RAS) has said it could supply its RAS-72 Sea Eagle aircraft.

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