Norway interested in 5-6 Boeing P-8 maritime spy planes-U.S. Navy

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    Norway interested in 5-6 Boeing P-8 maritime spy planes-U.S. Navy
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    FARNBOROUGH, England, July 11 (Reuters) - Norway has expressed interest in buying five to six Boeing Co P-8 maritime surveillance planes, a senior U.S. Navy official said on Monday.

    Rear Admiral Dean Peters, program executive officer for anti-submarine warfare, assault and special missions programs, said the Navy had asked potential P-8 buyers to express their interest by next summer.

    The P-8 is entering its last three years of production, so international partners would need to place orders relatively soon to get in on the program before production halts.

    "People are showing their interest in the plane," Peters told Reuters.

    In addition to a 3 billion pound ($3.9 billion) order announced by Britain on Monday, Boeing is also building P-8 planes for Australia, and will deliver that country's first plane in September.

    Leanne Caret, president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said the order reflected strong and growing interest in the P-8A aircraft. Boeing had lowered the cost of the plane by 30 percent in recent years, and saw a potential market of 100 aircraft that needed to be replaced or modernised in coming years.

    "We have a unique position to take advantage of the economies of scale that only Boeing can provide," she told Reuters in an interview.

    Peters said there was also growing interest in countries joining forces to train for, operate and maintain the planes, which could play a role if Norway decided to procure the planes.

    "The synergies you get from operating the same equipment can't be overestimated," Peters said.

    He said Norway, which is also buying the F-35 fighter jet, was keen to expand its military cooperation with the United States.


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    Good choice. Apart from the Japanese P-1, there's no alternative.

    We've a fair number of P-3s that need to go and are reaching the end of their lifespan, I can't think of a better option then the P-8. They'll need to be winterized, though.

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    p3's are solid birds theres plenty of spares out there for them and i say norwegian p3's would have a good 15 year left in them easily.

    i think its early stages before we see p8's in norwegian soil/snow.
     
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    I'm not sure about the extent of their life span. We've 6 P-3s total, 4 P-3C and 2 P-3N, all of which have seen extensive usage in places like North and East Africa assisting in counter piracy and migrant operations.

    A vast coastline, unforgiving terrain and climate, extensive usage in Africa and the North Atlantic including rotations in Iceland, I don't think they've that much life left in them.

    In fact, we used to have 11, but 5 were modernized and sold to Spain as the P-3M.

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    I think buying the P-8 isn't just about its capabilities as an upgrade over the P-3, it's also about our P-3s becoming harder and more expensive to service. We've also had this problem with our C-130s.
     
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    so you've been using them extensivly then. i never knew norway sends them down south towards the mediterranean im guessing they are delpoyed toward the gulf of gulf of aqaba too for them damn priates too. well i guess p3 dont like being used too much in sub zero temratures and the hot and humid temratures. the italians are also interesting in the p8 whilst the atr 72 is an intern for now and newzealand too well the entire p3 market will look to the p8 for a replacement
     
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