Boeing spy plane sale in next few years
10 November 2015, Nirapad News: Boeing Co is in “very serious conversations” with five customers about its new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, a long-range spy plane based on Bombardier’s 605 business jet, an executive said on Tuesday.
Robert Schoeffling, a senior manager with Boeing’s military aircraft division, said it was difficult to predict when the planemaker would receive a first order for the aircraft, but it was likely to happen in the next year or two.
Schoeffling gave no names, but said the five potential customers were in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Europe. He said events including the recent focus on disputed man-made islands in the South China Sea were fueling interest.
Boeing began developing the aircraft in 2011 using five sensors drawn from its larger P-8A spy plane built for the US Navy, India and Australia. It unveiled the plane at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow in Britain.