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Boeing gets Poseidon airborne

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Boeing gets the Poseidon ariborne

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

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


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

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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.

The P-8A Poseidon is 39.5 metres long, has a maximum takeoff weight of 85,820 kilograms and a wingspan of 37.6 metres. Powered by two jet engines, it has a top speed of 907km/h with a maximum range of 7500 kilometres.

Head of aerospace systems division, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Catherine Roberts congratulated Defence’s co-operative program partner, the United States Navy, along with prime contractor Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), on achieving this significant milestone.

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“This major acquisition is creating opportunities for the 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.”

With a saving of US$260 million compared to the initial budget, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft were acquired through a cooperative program with the United States Navy and contracted to BDS. 

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

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