Harris to Supply Sonobuoy Launchers for Maritime Patrol Aircraft (Video)

Boeing has selected the Harris Corporation for contract awards to provide sonobuoy launching technology for the U.S. Navy’s P-8A anti-submarine aircraft. The contracts were awarded during the third quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2017.

Harris will provide single-shot and rotary launchers capable of rapidly deploying up to ten sonobuoys.

The lightweight, pneumatic launchers will enable 49 P-8As for U.S., Australian and United Kingdom aircraft to safely and effectively deploy sonobuoys, which are essential to conducting underwater acoustic surveillance.

(See the P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. Courtesy of Boeing and TopGunMilitary and YouTube)

Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems

“The P-8A will be at the center of the U.S. and its allies’ anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions for the foreseeable future,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems.

“Harris technology dramatically improves on existing sonobuoy launching capabilities, helping to enable this important mission.”


  • Provides pneumatic sonobuoy launchers for U.S., Australian, British and Norwegian aircraft
  • Supports aircraft’s anti-submarine mission with lightweight, low-maintenance technology
  • Continues company’s on-schedule, on-budget support of key U.S. Navy program
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Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect.

Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems and Electronic Systems.