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Boeing adds more P-8 work in Jacksonville (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal) — The Boeing Co. has had a $12.3 million task order issued against its basic contract to do work on the Navy’s P-8 aircraft in Jacksonville.

This job includes procuring and installing a radar kit, including integrating it with the aircraft and modifying the crew workstation floor. It’s part of a contract potentially worth up to $2.5 billion for the defense giant.

The work is part of a Navy program to upgrade the P-8’s wideband satellite communications system.

The work will be mainly done in Jacksonville, with about a quarter of the job taking place at Boeing’s Tukwila, Washington facility. The job is expected to last until March 2026.

Jacksonville Naval Air Station is home to six patrol and reconnaissance squadrons that use the P-8, with missions ranging from hunting for submarines to aiding in search-and-rescue missions.

Boeing has been increasing its presence in Jacksonville, with the construction of a 394,000-square-foot facility that Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh has called “one of the most significant in the JAA’s history.”

The $116.5 million hangar and office facility at Cecil is set to be fully operational in January 2024, the company said.

Work done at the new facility will include maintenance on F-18 aircrafts as well as Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon and C-40.

The company has received several contracts recently, including a $264 million contract for work on the flight control surfaces of the Super Hornets and Growlers and a $117.5 million modification of a previous contract to inspect, modify and repair F/A-18 E/Fs and EA-18Gs.