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Boeing wins contract to provide P-8A Poseidon training to RNZAF

The global defence and aerospace company has secured a US Navy contract to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force with P-8A Poseidon training.

The global defence and aerospace company has secured a US Navy contract to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force with P-8A Poseidon training.

The US Navy has awarded Boeing a $109 million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to deliver a suite of P-8A Poseidon training systems and courseware to the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 

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Boeing’s P-8 training system is designed to enable the RNZAF to conduct up to 70 per cent of all Poseidon-related training in a simulated environment.

Specifically, Boeing is expected to provide: 

  • Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) – Full-motion simulator incorporates all P-8 unique displays and switches;
  • Weapons Tactics Trainer – Simulates mission systems and tactical operations, and when coupled with the OFT, forms a Weapons Systems Trainer that enables multi-crew, high-fidelity mission rehearsal training in the same simulated environment;
  • Virtual Maintenance Trainer – Enables training of maintenance professionals to properly perform maintenance tasks and procedures on the P-8A aircraft;
  • Scenario Generation Station – Creates custom scenarios for mission training; and
  • Brief/Debrief Station – Provides post-mission analysis and playback.

Boeing’s Electronic Classroom will also give RNZAF instructors and students access to courseware and testing capabilities.

Further, Boeing will provide initial Instructor Cadre Training to a group of RNZAF instructors, enabling them to continue training additional RNZAF P-8A instructors and aircrews following delivery of the training system in early 2024.

“This holistic training system will enable aircrew to safely train for all aspects of flying and maintaining the P-8A Poseidon,” Tonya Noble, director of international defense training for Boeing, said. 

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“We look forward to bringing these training capabilities in-country and working alongside the RNZAF to ensure readiness of aircrew and maintenance personnel.”

The training is set to be conducted in Ohakea, New Zealand.

The RNZAF acquired four P-8A Poseidon aircraft through the US Navy FMS process in March 2020, with expected delivery beginning in 2023. 

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Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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