The Defense Department plans to exploreÂ options on how itÂ canÂ assist the U.K. in maritime surveillance efforts before the British militaryÂ receives its firstÂ P-8Â Poseidon patrol aircraft from the U.S., Defense News reported Tuesday.
According to the story byÂ Aaron Mehta,Â the U.K. seeks to procure up to nine Boeing-built P-8s as part of effortsÂ to increase the country’s airborne anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the publicationÂ thatÂ Philip Dunne, British minister for defense procurement, hasÂ asked himÂ what options they might consider to help address a maritime patrolÂ capability gap in the U.K.
“We’re going to talk with the Navy and see what might be able to be worked out,” Work told Defense News.
Mehta reports some British military personnel have trained on the U.S. Navy‘s P-8s since after the U.K. cancelled its Nimrod acquisition program in 2010.
Robert Work also told Defense NewsÂ thatÂ the U.S. will work to ensure the P-8 production line will not face interruptions that could possibly delay deliveries of the aircraft to the U.K.