Norway on Wednesday 29 Match formally signed a contract for the purchase of five Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to replace six P-3 Orions and three Dassault DA-20s currently in service. The first Poseidon should arrive in 2022, with deliveries to be completed the next year.
The contract is worth 1.8 billion EUR and includes missions systems, anti-submarine weapons. Norway considers the P-8 the ideal solution for covering and protecting its vast coastal waters. The new aircraft will be operated by 333 squadron that will move from its current Andøya Air Station to Evenes Air Station a bit further south in northern Norway.