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Australian P-8A Poseidon Makes First Flight

Flew From Renton Airfield To Boeing Field For Installation Of Specialized Equipment

Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its first flight.

The aircraft flew a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State, where the P-8A’s sophisticated mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000.

The $5.4 billion P-8A program will provide Australia’s future manned maritime patrol and response aircraft capability, replacing in part the AP-3C Orion aircraft.

Head of Aerospace Division, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Catherine Roberts today congratulated Defence’s cooperative program partner, the United States Navy along with prime contractor Boeing Defence Space and Security, on achieving this significant milestone.

“This major acquisition is creating opportunities for Australian defence industry to participate in maintenance and to develop training facilities and infrastructure,” AVM Roberts said.

“Aircraft production includes around $25 million of high-tech production work undertaken by local subsidiary, Boeing Aerostructures Australia.

“The primary roles of the P-8A include the detection and response to naval surface and submarine threats, surveillance and reconnaissance, and assisting in search and rescue operations,” she said.

With a saving of $260 million (U.S.) compared to the initial budget, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft were acquired through a cooperative program with the United States Navy and contracted to Boeing Defence Space and Security.

A Royal Australian Air Force crew will fly the aircraft to Australia in late 2016 following post-production checks and acceptance.

(Source: MoD Australia news release. Image provided by Boeing)

FMI: www.boeing.com

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