Germany backs 1.4 billion euro purchase of Boeing maritime patrol aircraft - source

A U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft takes part in the Malta International Airshow at SmartCity Malta outside Kalkara

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German parliament's budget committee on Wednesday approved the 1.4 billion euro purchase of five Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, a parliamentary source said.

The planes are designed for submarine hunting and conducting long-distance maritime reconnaissance. They will replace Germany's ageing fleet of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Hans Seidenstuecker and Madeline Chambers)

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