Boeing to Provide P-8 Training Systems to RAAF
- First international P-8 maintenance training order to support Australia's Poseidon fleet.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has selected Boeing [NYSE: BA] to provide the service with P-8 maintenance training devices. This is the first international sale of P-8 maintenance training equipment currently used by the U.S. Navy for its P-8A Poseidon fleet.
The RAAF virtual trainers were purchased through the U.S. Navy and RAAF Cooperative Program and will be used to train P-8A maintenance personnel starting in early 2018.
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“This provides the RAAF with the ability to train its maintainers on more than 1,400 maintenance procedures using the Boeing provided suite of devices,” said Tom Wagner, Boeing’s P-8 maintenance program manager. “RAAF maintainers will be able to practice at great length before they are required to perform maintenance on the actual P-8A aircraft.”
The maintenance training devices provide interactive, high-fidelity simulations based on actual mission systems software while the hardware-based trainers are full-scale replicas of aircraft components.
Earlier this year, the RAAF ordered a Boeing P-8 aircrew training system for training pilots and mission crews to operate the aircraft, its sensors, communications and weapons systems.
In February 2014 the Australian government approved the acquisition of eight P-8A aircraft with an option for four more. That contract included training and initial spares and support equipment. Boeing plans to begin delivering the aircraft in late 2016 and the P-8A training system in 2018.
Boeing Aerostructures Australia manufactures ailerons for 737 series aircraft and their derivatives, including the P-8.
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