August 11, 2008
The United States Navy Announces The Purchase Of 36 P-8A Submarine Hunter Aircraft With Eaton Onboard
IRVINE, California, August 11, 2008 … The U.S. Navy has announced that it will order 36 Boeing P-8A Poseidons during the first three years of production. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed the purchasing plans for the first three low-rate initial production (LRIP) lots from 2010 to 2012 on the Federal Business Opportunities web site.
NAVAIR expects to order 10 aircraft in fiscal 2010, followed by 12 in FY2011 and 14 in FY2012. Advance procurement funds for the first batch in FY2010 must be awarded to Boeing next year. Nearly $6.3 billion has been set aside in long-range budget plans for the LIRP phase to buy all 36 aircraft, averaging about $175 million for each P-8A.
Eaton is a key supplier on the B737, the aircraft platform base for the new P-8A. Components and sub-systems include the aircraft’s engine driven hydraulic pumps, electric motorpumps, main engine fuel pumps, hydraulic and fuel metering valves, trim actuators, trailing edge flap motors, fluid conveyance hoses and self-sealing fittings, brake metering valves, pressure switches, electrical relays and fluid health monitoring components and systems.
Five developmental prototypes are now in various stages of assembly, with the first expected to achieve first flight in the fourth quarter of 2009. The land-based P-8A is being designed primarily to hunt for submarines.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.