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The Boeing 737 Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space. A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the 737 MMA is being developed for the U.S. Navy by a Boeing-led industry team that consists of CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Smiths Aerospace.
MMA is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. The Navy plans to purchase 108 MMAs to replace its fleet of P-3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered for flight test in 2009 and initial operational capability is slated for 2013.
Boeing was awarded a $3.89 billion contract for system development and demonstration (SDD) phase of the MMA program on June 14, 2004. SDD activities include developing and integration of all the necessary software and onboard mission systems, modifications to the airframe and developing training systems. The MMA is expected to significantly transform how the Navyís maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will train, operate and deploy.