The first of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) intended for the Royal Air Force (RAF) arrived in Scotland on February 4. The arrival of this aircraft marks another step in the reconstitution of the RAF’s fixed-wing MPA capability, which was controversially abandoned for a decade under the Conservative-led government’s Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) in 2010. During the interim, the U.K. relied upon the U.S., France, and Canada to plug a capabilities gap in the airborne reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) roles.
The first of the P-8As – which were procured during the Farnborough Air Show on July 11, 2016, at the cost of over £3 billion ($3.9 billion) – arrived at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland. Kinloss Barracks once served as the home to the previous MPA fleet in RAF service, the Nimrod MR2.
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