The P-8A landing at Kinloss.

The RAF’s new submarine-hunting Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) has touched down for the first time in the UK on the 4th February 2020 at Kinloss.

The aircraft is the first of a new £3 billion programme, including the purchase of nine state-of-the-art Poseidon jets, which will improve the UK’s ability to track hostile targets below and above the waves. 

Poseidon aircraft will protect the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and be central to NATO missions across the North Atlantic, co-operating closely with the US and Norwegian Poseidon fleets.

The UK’s purchase of the Poseidon is in response to increased threats such as Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic returning to Cold War levels, while China is also investing heavily in new Arctic facilities, infrastructure and ice-capable ships. 

Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff, said: “The Poseidon MRA1 is a game-changing Maritime Patrol Aircraft. I am delighted and proud to see the ‘Pride of Moray’ and her crews returning to maritime patrol flying from Scotland, working alongside the Royal Navy to secure our seas and protect our nation. Russian submarines have nowhere to hide.”

Boeing Defence UK

In collaboration with local suppliers and teammates across the globe, our defence workforce of more than 2,100 people in the United Kingdom works together to solve current and emerging defence and security challenges in partnership with the Ministry of Defence.

Boeing’s partnership with the UK started before World War II and continues to this day. Through its Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) business, which includes veterans and reserves, BDUK focuses on providing the best value through leading-edge platforms, technology, services and capabilities. Boeing Defence UK is headed by Steve Burnell, Managing Director.

Boeing military rotorcraft in the UK

AH-64E Apache

Boeing is on contract to deliver 50 AH-64E Apaches to the British Army and will provide training, support and sustainment for the next two decades.

More than 200 jobs will be created at Wattisham and Middle Wallop, where Boeing employees work alongside the British Army.

The UK supply chain supports the Apache program with:

  • Yeovil-based Kuene & Nagel providing warehouse management services.
  • H&S Aviation conducting AH-64E engine repair and overhaul in Portsmouth, under subcontract to GE Aviation.
  • Cheltenham-based Pennant providing simulated training systems.

Learn more about the UK AH-64E.

UK AH-64E Apache E-model on static display at RIAT.
CH-47 Chinook

In its fifth decade serving the British armed forces, the Chinook plays a unique role in the country’s heavy-lift capability.

More than 450 people across the UK maintain, modify and upgrade the RAF’s fleet of 57 Chinooks.

Boeing teammates are based in locations across Hampshire and embedded alongside their military counterparts at RAF Odiham.

In addition, UK-based suppliers Leonardo, Thales, Standard Aero and Almondbank provide materials, skills and services.

Learn more about the UK Chinook.

RAF Chinook_MCF16-0032 Series

Boeing military fixed-wing and surveillance aircraft in the UK

C-17 Globemaster

The Boeing-built C-17 acts as the backbone of the UK’s strategic airlift and mobility capability.

Thanks to the RAF and Boeing partnership, the UK’s C-17 fleet is positioned to serve until 2040.

More than 100 Boeing employees and apprentices work alongside the RAF, supporting every aspect of the C-17 mission.

  • At its C-17 International Training Centre in Farnborough, Boeing provides almost 600 pilot, loadmaster and engineering courses every year to both UK and international customers.
  • Boeing employees and apprentices are embedded at RAF Brize Norton, the home base for the UK’s fleet of eight C-17s, providing sustainment and support, contributing to the fleet’s overall mission readiness and preparedness.

Learn more about the UK C-17.

C-17 Globemaster taking off
E-7 Wedgetail

Three Boeing 737s on British soil, currently undergoing modification at STS Aviation in Birmingham, are set to become the RAF’s future Airborne Early Warning and Control fleet. These aircraft will become central assets in the RAF’s future ISTAR Force, providing unmatched, combat-proven capability.

  • Around 100 highly skilled jobs have been created to support the world’s only E-7 modification line, and many local suppliers are contributing to the programme.
  • Construction partner McLaughlin & Harvey are building new facilities at RAF Lossiemouth to support the E-7 Wedgetail’s introduction into service.
  • Leonardo and Thales UK will develop the aircraft’s defensive aids systems, giving the fleet UK-designed-and-built technology.

Learn more about the UK E-7 Wedgetail.

Royal Airforce E-7 Wedgetail in flight
P-8A Poseidon

The UK’s nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft provide increased protection of the UK’s seas and borders with unmatched anti-submarine, anti-surface, maritime patrol, and search and rescue capabilities.

The fleet is housed in the Atlantic Building at RAF Lossiemouth, a £100 million joint investment by Boeing and the Ministry of Defence, where more than 200 Boeing employees provide maintenance, training and support. In addition, 127 UK-based suppliers support the global fleet, helping produce components for P-8s around the world.

Learn more about the UK P-8A.

P8-A Posiedons on airport apron

Digital Programmes


Boeing provides the Gladiator Core Systems and & Services capability for the Royal Air Force, allowing users to undertake realistic cross-domain training for air, land and maritime forces in a safe, secure and resilient synthetic environment. 

This newly developed sovereign capability has created over 50 highly skilled jobs in the UK, with more than half based at RAF Waddington where the equipment has been installed.

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Images of The Air Battle Training Centre 'in action' at Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington on the 30th May 2022. These images have been taken for RAF Commercial and Air Capability.
MOD Information Services

For over a decade, Boeing has provided 24/7/365 logistics and engineering information systems to ensure UK forces can deploy, sustain and recover at pace. This capability is a fundamental enabler for the UK Ministry of Defence’s ability to conduct strategic operations; covering airports, seaports, warehouses, mounting centres and the services running through them.

Boeing has achieved continual improvement and innovation through modernisation of its application ecosystem, supported by a range of defence and technology partners. This programme continues to employ over 300 digitally-skilled people across the UK.

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The ABTC 'in action' for RAF Commerical and Air Capability
Digital Support to Boeing platforms

Boeing continues to invest and develop digital capability in support of Boeing’s future defence programmes, including the development of a Next Generation Product Support analytics capability and the implementation of model-based engineering.

Innovating for the future

Boeing’s partnership with the UK has helped create a brighter, safer and more sustainable future. Leveraging our decades of experience as a major systems integrator, we are constantly exploring how technology and innovation can support the future of UK defence and security services. From mission-critical MOD Information Services to next-generation in-flight digital tools, autonomous systems, and modelling and simulation, we are ready to combine our British roots and unmatched expertise with the breadth and depth of Boeing to build upon these achievements.