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Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Government's announcement of 15 August 2019 that it would invest £3 billion in purchasing nine Boeing Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, what proportion of construction work for the nine aircraft will be carried out in the UK.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The RAF's P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft is produced by Boeing at its production facilities in Seattle and is based on the 737-Next Generation civil airliner, the supply chain for which includes a range of UK manufacturing companies. Boeing estimates that around 5% of every P-8 aircraft produced globally is UK content. UK produced components are used in all P-8 aircraft, not just those ordered for the RAF, meaning that UK industry and manufacturers are involved with, and benefit from, every P-8 aircraft produced, including the one hundred or so aircraft already delivered and in-service worldwide.

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