Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne today announced $659 million in funding at RAAF Base Edinburgh to support the new anti-submarine and surveillance plane, the P-8A Poseidon.
Defence will invest $250 million in a Boeing training simulator system at the base, and $409 million to improve base facilities, including runway extensions, estimated for completion by early 2019.
Minister Payne said the high-tech training systems would enable the Royal Australian Air Force to better prepare pilots and Defence Force personnel for real-life scenarios.
“Poseidon will provide strong and valuable support to Australia’s maritime security well into the future,” Minister Payne said.
“Its simulator will be a part of a broader investment at RAAF Edinburgh to make it ‘Poseidon ready’ by extending the runway and building new state-of-the-art maintenance hangers and facilities.”
Minister Pyne only talked about jobs and local-area investment.
Both Ministers for some reason congratulated Defence’s program partners, the United States Navy and Boeing, “on the significant achievement” – though CONTACT is bemused as to why either of these entities need congratulating over an Australian-government infrastructure-spend-commitment announcement.