High-tech transition begins for P-8A training facility
November 20, 2017
Boeing has commenced fit-out of the Royal Australian Air Force’s purpose-built state-of-the-art P-8A Poseidon Integrated Training Centre at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.
The new 16,500 square metre centre will accommodate 70 advanced P-8A operational and tactical training devices including two pilot simulators, two Air Combat Officer simulators, and a Boeing 737 fuselage Ordnance Load Trainer.
Boeing Defence Australia P-8A Poseidon program lead Brett Newell said the new facility represented a massive leap forward for South Australia’s maritime aircraft training capability.
“The comprehensive P-8A training solution we’re installing over the next six months supports one of the biggest shifts in Australia’s anti-surface and anti-submarine capability history. The server room alone is almost as big as the entire AP-3C Orion training facility,” Newell said.
“These trainers will ensure RAAF pilots and mission crews are prepared to take full advantage of the P-8A Poseidon capabilities for any mission, at any time.”
Overseeing the P-8A transition program, Deputy Director Capability Transition WGCDR Gary Lewis said Boeing will provide support to the training devices and will handover operational control of the training facility to the Royal Australian Air Force.
The Australian Government is acquiring 12 P-8A Poseidon aircraft to be delivered by March 2020 and maintained at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
The new training facility is scheduled to be completed mid-2018.