| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Germany to purchase Boeing maritime patrol aircraft for $1.3 billion

Germany’s defense ministry said on Wednesday it is planning to buy five Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft for about $1.31 billion,  confirming a Reuters report from earlier this month.

Following approval from the parliamentary budget committee, the contract will now be signed, said the ministry as Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visited her counterpart in the United States.

“This procurement, with a volume of around $1.3 billion, serves the urgent need to maintain a capability for long-range maritime reconnaissance and airborne submarine hunting,” said the ministry.

Reuters had this month reported that the parliamentary budget committee had approved the purchase. The planes will replace Germany’s ageing fleet of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft.

  • Reuters