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P-8 Poseidon: Sophisticated Navy aircraft hunts for missing plane

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P-8 Poseidon U.S. Navy aircraft is now hunting for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. It is highly specialized to find both submarine and surface targets on the open ocean. According to NBC News on Mar. 20, the highly sophisticated jet is loaded.

The P-8A Poseidon is based on the design of a Boeing 737 passenger jet but is packed with cutting-edge military equipment.

The P-8 Poseidon can easily communicate with other ships, planes and satellites. This plane is joining a Lockheed Martin-made P-3C Orion sent earlier in the hunt. Both New Zealand and Australia have one and three P-3's involved in the search for missing Flight MH370.

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon was formerly called the Multimission Maritime Aircraft or MMA. It was developed specifically for anti-submarine warfare and may be deployed in an armed configuration. It has been in production since 2009 and costs approximately $275 million per aircraft.

More on the latest information about this search was recently covered by this reporter here in "Malaysia Airlines flight: Latest developments on missing Flight MH370."

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