RAAF Base Darwin is set to receive a new hangar, maintenance and working facilities to accomodate P-8A Poseidon and other aircraft operating in the north.
FILE PHOTO (March 2017): A P-8A Poseidon arrives at RAAF Base Darwin. Photo by Able Seaman Kayla Hayes.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced yesterday that local Darwin-based company Sitzler Pty Ltd had been awarded the $53 million contract to deliver and manage the construction works.
“The project will support the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance and response aircraft and other aircraft operating out of RAAF Base Darwin,” Minister Price said.
“The P-8A Poseidon capability enhances Australia’s maritime-domain awareness of the Indian Ocean region and southern Asia.
This announcement comes hot on the heals of a major upgrade to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands airport to facilitate Poseidon and $1.1billion upgrades to RAAF Base Tindal – creating a chain of north-facing capability-projection assets.
Sitzler will shortly commence site establishment activities with construction anticipated to be completed by late next year.