Two P-8A Poseidon pilot simulators and other training systems have been formally handed over to the Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
FILE PHOTO (May 2018): A Australian P-8A Poseidon at RAAF Base Learmonth. Photo by Corporal Craig Barrett.
Minister for Defence Marise Payne said the advanced P-8A training system would better prepare Australian Defence Force pilots and maintenance crews for their demanding roles.
“This $470 million facility marks the beginning of a transformation of our training that will support Air Force’s ability to meet emerging threats and future challenges,” Minister Payne said.
“The facility will deliver around 39 separate training courses which will minimise training demands on the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, reducing aircraft fatigue, increasing safety and improving availability for higher priority tasking.
“The facility is part of the government’s $5.2 billion investment in our new P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.
“These cutting-edge aircraft conduct a range of tasks including anti-submarine warfare; maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; electronic support; as well as supporting search and rescue missions.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the partnerships between Defence, the United States Navy, Boeing and Boeing Defence Australia had enabled this project to be delivered on time and on budget.
“This training system will be maintained and supported by Boeing Defence Australia,” Minister Pyne said.
He said the project was part of a broader intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance hub being developed at RAAF Base Edinburgh, which would support and create highly skilled jobs in South Australia [a key priority for Mr Pyne].