To replace the Orions, the Australian Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8As, with seven additional aircraft to be acquired in two tranches to bring the total to 15 aircraft by the late 2020s.
The first of the P-8A aircraft arrived at Edinburgh in November 2016, with the first 12 to be progressively delivered by March 2020.
South Australia is committed to maximising opportunities for local industry in the project, which will involve 30 years of sustainment and upgrade work.
The Poseidons, a variant of Boeing’s 737 commercial airliner, will be acquired from the United States Navy under a collaborative program agreement. They will provide RAAF with a highly advanced maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and response aircraft.
For further information please direct all enquiries to Reg Carruthers Director, Aerospace at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8226 6637 or Reg.Carruthers@defencesa.com