Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced handover of the P-8A POSEIDON simulator and associated training systems at RAAF Edinburgh on 16 August.
“This $470 million facility marks the beginning of a transformation of our training that will support [the] Air Force’s ability to meet emerging threats and future challenges,” commented Senator Payne. “The facility will deliver over 39 separate training courses which will minimise training demands on the P-8A POSEIDON aircraft, reducing aircraft fatigue, increasing safety and improving availability for higher priority tasking.”
The facility is part of the government’s $5.2 billion investment in the new P-8A POSEIDON maritime surveillance aircraft. These cutting-edge aircraft conduct a range of tasks, including anti-submarine warfare; maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; electronic support; as well as supporting search and rescue missions. The facility is being constructed under contract with Australian industry with an estimated workforce of up to 700 personnel during peak construction and 2,200 employees over the course of construction.
Minister Pyne said the partnerships between Defence, the United States Navy, Boeing and Boeing Defence Australia have enabled this to be delivered on time and on budget.
“The training system will be maintained and supported by Boeing Defence Australia, creating up to 30 jobs,” added Minister Pyne. “The project is part of a broader Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance hub being developed at RAAF Base Edinburgh, which will support and create highly skilled jobs in South Australia.”