Canada selects Boeing P-8A Poseidon as multi-mission aircraft

A Canadian RCAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft in flight.
Photo Credit: Boeing

The Government of Canada has inked a Foreign Military Sales Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the acquisition of up to 16 Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

This development marks Canada’s entry into the group of defense partners involved in the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) project.

Notably, the decision positions Canada as the fifth NATO nation to select the P-8 aircraft, joining the ranks of key FIVE EYES allies: the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

P-8A Poseidon

The P-8A Poseidon stands as the sole proven, in-service, and in-production solution that suitably aligns with all CMMA requirements.

From range and speed to endurance and payload capacity, the P-8 exceeds expectations, making it the ideal choice for bolstering Canada’s defense capability and readiness.


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Heidi Grant, President of Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, expresses anticipation, emphasizing the positive impact on the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“The P-8 will bolster Canada’s defense capability and readiness, and we look forward to delivering this capability to the Royal Canadian Air Force,” Grant said.

A RAF Poseidon flanked by two Typhoons in flight.
RAF Poseidon Photo Credit: Lewis Chesworth/AviationSource

Economic Boost and Job Creation

Undoubtedly, the P-8 acquisition will not only fortify Canada’s defense but also contribute significantly to its economic landscape.

An independent study conducted by Ottawa-based Doyletech Corporation in 2023 estimates that the acquisition will generate nearly 3,000 jobs and an annual economic output of $358 million.

This injection of economic vitality is a testament to the symbiotic relationship between national security and prosperity.

Industrial and Tech Benefits Package

Boeing, in collaboration with its Canadian partners, pledges to deliver a robust industrial and technological benefits package. This commitment ensures the continuous prosperity of Canada’s aerospace and defense industry.

Charles “Duff” Sullivan, Managing Director of Boeing Canada, highlights the P-8 as the most affordable solution, saying:

“The P-8 offers unmatched capabilities and is the most affordable solution for acquisition and life-cycle sustainment costs. There’s no doubt the P-8 will protect Canada’s oceans and its borders for future generations.”

Team Poseidon

At the heart of Boeing’s P-8 Canadian industry partnership is Team Poseidon, a formidable alliance comprising CAE, GE Aviation Canada, IMP Aerospace & Defence, KF Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace Canada, Raytheon Canada, and StandardAero.

This collaboration builds upon the existing network of 81 Canadian suppliers to the P-8 platform and over 550 Boeing suppliers across provinces.

The result? An annual economic benefit of approximately CAD $4 billion, supporting more than 14,000 Canadian jobs.


With over 160 aircraft delivered or in service and an impressive 560,000 collective flight-hours, the P-8 has demonstrated its prowess in anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief response.

This proven track record solidifies the P-8A Poseidon as not just a military asset but a versatile tool for multifaceted operational needs.

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