Making a big splash
Boeing continues to expand its portfolio of capabilities for the maritime domain
October 02, 2013
The Pacific Maritime Exposition this week is being held in conjunction with the International Fleet Review, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Fleet into Sydney’s iconic harbour.
“From that day in 1913, the Commonwealth has continued to grow its naval capabilities through the dedicated men and women of the RAN,” said Bill Profilet, vice president of Australia Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
It’s the dedicated men and women of Boeing who are working to ensure that navies and broader defence forces – from the South Pacific to the Indian Ocean and on both sides of the Atlantic – have the platforms and systems they need in order to complete their missions successfully. A few of those capabilities, including the P-8A, ScanEagle and Harpoon as well as the Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment and torpedo defence capabilities developed by Boeing subsidiary Argon ST, are being showcased at the exposition.
A true mission platform, the P-8A is a long-range anti submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations, the P-8A will influence how maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces train, operate and deploy. Current P-8 customers includine the U.S. Navy and India. Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Navy in 2009 and will collaborate in Increment 2.
Since 2004, the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) developed by Boeing subsidiary Insitu has delivered unparalleled ISR, logging more tha 740,000 flight hours. The ScanEagle and other Insitu products are proven across the maritime domain, with current customers including Britain’s Royal Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Singapore Navy.
Over the years, since its first successful flight, the Harpoon missile has provided an affordable solution that has continued to evolve to reliably meet the current threats faced by the modern Navy. The Harpoon Block II, Boeing’s world premier anti-ship missile, can execute both land-strike and anti-ship missions in all weather conditions. More than 7,300 Harpoon missiles have been delivered to the United States Navy and 30 international customers including the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force since the first contract was awarded in 1971.
Another Boeing subsidiary, Argon ST, is an industry leader in C4ISR that supports operational commanders by producing and delivering timely information that not only helps warfighters make sense of the threats in front of them, but provides the capability to defeat them. Current Argon ST customers include the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and other government agencies.
- Ian Thomas, president, Boeing Australia & South Pacific
- Roger Krone, president, Network and Space Systems
- Bill Profilet, vice president Australia business development, BDS
- Kim Gillis, vice president and managing director, Boeing Defence Australia
- Andrew Duggan, managing director, Insitu Pacific Limited
- James Detwiler, business development manager, P-8 International Programs
Click here to view images of Boeing products displayed at Pacific Maritime 2013