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December 5, 2017

RAAF to receive P-8A Poseidon aircrew training system

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will soon take delivery of the P-8A Poseidon aircrew training system, as part of a previously announced A$250m ($189.9m) investment.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will soon take delivery of the P-8A Poseidon aircrew training system, as part of a previously announced A$250m ($189.9m) investment.

The installation of the training system forms a part of the A$659m ($500.7m) investment announced last month to support the RAAF’s advanced anti-submarine and surveillance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon.

The advanced training system will allow the RAAF to reduce the time the aircraft is used for training, by increasing its availability for operations.

Nearly 700 personnel will be appointed during peak construction phase of the system.

The transport and installation of the Boeing training system is expected to create 45 local jobs.

Up to 22 more jobs will also be created to perform operation and sustainment of the equipment.

The P-8A Poseidon aircraft will support Australia’s maritime security activities in the future.

“The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will soon take delivery of the P-8A Poseidon aircrew training system, as part of a previously announced A$250m ($189.9m) investment.”

The A$5.4bn ($4.10bn) P-8A Poseidon programme between the US Navy and Boeing Defence Australia is creating growth opportunities for Australian industry.

An additional A$409m ($310.8m) will be invested to improve facilities at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia for full operations.

The Australian Government is acquiring 12 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will be delivered by March 2020 and based at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

The P-8A includes a weapons bay, under wing and under fuselage hardpoints for weapons. It also allows for continued low level (down to 200ft) operations and high angle of bank turns.

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