Saturday, September 19, 2020

South Korea acquires P-8 maritime patrol aircraft

The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has acquired the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a senior executive at Boeing said on 25 June.

The South Korean procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) also said separately that it had decided to buy the P-8 Poseidon aircraft, worth around 1.9 trillion won (US$1.71 billion), through the U.S. government foreign military sales program.

Kang Hwan-seok, a DAPA spokesman, told a media briefing the decision was made after a comprehensive review of legal aspects, cost, schedule and performance.

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Saab and Airbus had also shown interest in meeting the government’s needs with the Swordfish and C295 MPA models respectively, but the Boeing contract was ultimately awarded on a “sole-source” basis that did not require a competitive tender process.

According to the Boeing, the P-8 is an aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. It is also effective at humanitarian and search and rescue missions. A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space.

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