posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 09:33 AM
Last June the U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $3.89 billion contract to build the new Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). The total program
acquisition value is estimated at about $20 billion for 108 aircraft.
The new Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) would replace the Navy's fleet of 223 Lockheed P-3 Orion undersea warfare and reconnaissance planes and
EP-3E electronic intelligence planes, like the one forced to land on the Chinese island of Hainan on April 1, 2001, after it collided with a Chinese
The latest news however on the new MMA 737 is that it could also fill an attack role by launching Harpoon missiles from two racks under each wing, or
from a weapons bay aft of the wing. It could also carry torpedoes, mines or nuclear or conventional depth bombs.
The 737's airframe will be modified and hardened to carry 12,500 pounds of missiles, torpedoes, depth bombs and sonic buoys and a fuselage full of
sophisticated sensor and computer data systems. The MMA will have the ability to refuel in flight in order to extend it's patrol time beyond it's
typical 21 hours.
Boeing Converts 737 Into Bomber
: Wired News, Nov 25, 2004
MMA Completes First Major Review
: Navy NewsStand
MMA Proposal to carry 12,500 pounds of missiles
: Seattle Times