Four Boeing P-8A Poseidons Will Replace the P-3K Orions of New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (, July 9, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit:

The photo shows a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon taking off at Perth Airport. This aircraft has taken part in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Four Boeing P-8A Poseidons will replace the Lockheed Martin P-3K Orions of the RNZAF’s (Royal New Zealand Air Force’s) No. 5 Sqn. as it has been approved by the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand, learned

The average age of the six Orions operated by the RNZAF is 48.6 years, and the age range is from 33.2 to 51.9 years.

The Ministry commented, “The P-8A will bring enhanced capability to the roles performed by the Orions over many decades such as contributing to the international rules-based order through peace and security operations, search and rescue, disaster response, resource and border protection, and environmental and marine resource monitoring.”

In May last year the U.S. State Department gave the green light to a $1.46 billion deal for the sale of four P-8A Poseidons to New Zealand. The US government’s foreign military sales mechanism will be applied for the purposes of the conduction of the deal.

The deliveries under the order for the four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, based on the 737 airliner, are scheduled to begin in 2023.

“Like the Orions before them, the P-8As are expected to serve New Zealand over several decades to come. The P-8A will enable New Zealand to continue to deploy to a wide range of airborne maritime situations independently, and when required, work effectively with partners, who will all be operating the aircraft at the time of delivery to New Zealand,” added from the Ministry.

P-8A Poseidon is a production variant developed for the needs of the U.S. Navy.

The P-8 Poseidon is a military aircraft designed for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft is a modification of the 737-800ERX and is developed by Boeing Defence, Space and Security. The P-8 is used for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and shipping interdiction and has an early warning self-protection ability.

The P-8 is already operated by the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy, and the Royal Australian Air Force. The latter has 7 of them as of the moment and their total number will reach 12 by 2022. The aircraft has been also ordered by the UK’s Royal Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.