Boeing has secured a six-year contract for Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon support at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
FILE PHOTO: A P-8A Poseidon off the South Australian coast. Photo by Corporal Bill Solomou.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Boeing’s six-year contract would deliver support services to in support of the cutting-edge surveillance and response capabilities.
“The initial $300 million contract provides a highly experienced maintenance, engineering and logistics workforce to Defence,” Minister Price said.
“This will grow the workforce to over 160 from Boeing and their sub-contracted personnel from Airbus Australia Pacific, delivering vital services to the P-8A capability.”
Minister Price said Boeing and Airbus Australia Pacific’s continued industry partnership had provided support arrangements for the P-8A Poseidon since July 2016.
“Our Australian workforce is vital to the continued sustainment and upgrades which are critical to the Poseidon’s capabilities,” Minister Price said.
The delivery of the 12th P-8A Poseidon to a newly upgraded airfield and support infrastructure at RAAF Base Edinburgh was announced in December 2019.
Minister Price said this new contract provided the essential Australian industry capacity necessary to operate and maintain these advanced aircraft and their systems.