Norway has purchased five P-8A maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing for a total of €1,1 billion to replace its ageing fleet of six P-3 Orions.
“The introduction of Poseidon aircrafts is crucial for Norway to maintain a leading position and expertise on strategic issues in northern areas,” announced the Norweigan Minister of Defense.
The €1,1 billion sum does not include the Intelligence equipment to be places onboard the ordered aircraft.
Introduced in 2013, the P8-A Poseidon is a modified version of the Boeing 737-800 originally developed for the United States Navy. Australia and India have already the aircraft in operation, while the United Kingdom has ordered 9 planes.
Deliveries are expected for 2021 and 2022.