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May 24, 2012
SQNLDR Arran Moore
AUSTRALIA will get an invaluable
insight into P-8A operations when
two US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A
Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft
operate from RAAF Base Pearce
The USN is deploying the air-
craft for operational test and evalua-
tion activities against a Collins-class
This will provide valuable data
about the aircraft's performance
against one of the world's most
advanced conventionally powered
WGCDR David Cox, Deputy
Director, Maritime Patrol and
Response in the Capability
Development Group, said the
deployment was in support of the
USN's Initial Operational Test
and Evaluation program and was
being conducted as part of exercise
"Exercise participants include
Orions from 92WG, Seahawks from
the RAN's 816SQN and HMAS
Collins," WGCDR Cox said.
As well as the Poseidons, the
USN is deploying Orions for the
"Following the exercise, one
of the P-8As will fly to RAAF
Base Edinburgh and Defence
Establishment Fairbairn to show-
case the aircraft to Defence staff."
Under Project AIR 7000, cost-
ing $6 to $7 billion, the P-8A will
replace the RAAF's Orion aircraft,
which is scheduled to be withdrawn
in 2019 after more than 50 years'
AN EXCHANGE officer with the USN's patrol squadron
VP-30, FLTLT Glen Gallagher, pictured left, recently become
the first non-American to start training as a P-8A instructor.
He works as a weapons and tactics instructor at the
Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School in
Jacksonville, Florida, and will be heavily involved in training
the first USN fleet squadron later this year.
Up close with the P-8As
Maximum Take-Off Weight 86 tonnes
7500km or four hours
ASW loiter 2200km
service. It is the second-largest
AIR project behind the Joint Strike
WGCDR Cox said in phase one
it was planned to deliver up to seven
high-altitude long-endurance multi-
mission unmanned aircraft systems
between 2022 and 2025. In phase
two, the plan was to acquire eight
P-8As from 2017-18.
"Phase two received intermedi-
ate pass approval in December last
year," he said.
This authorised Defence to enter
into a Production, Sustainment
and Follow-on Development
Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with the USN for the P-8A.
"The MoU formalises Australia's
continued commitment to the P-8A
cooperative program and establishes
the framework by which the P-8A
will be acquired, sustained and
developed through its service life,"
WGCDR Cox said.
Second pass approval is sched-
uled to be completed by 2015-16.
The MoU follows an earlier
MoU in April 2009, under which
Australia agreed to cooperate on the
first upgrade of the Poseidon.
WGCDR Cox said that unlike
the Wedgetail aircraft or the
KC-30A, the P-8A was not a modi-
fied commercial airliner. It was built
from the ground up as a military
"While based on the Boeing
737-series aircraft, the P-8A has
been substantially structurally
modified to include a bomb bay,
under-wing and under-fuselage hard
points for weapons, and increased
strengthening to allow for continued
low level (down to 200ft) operations
and 60-degree angle of bank turns,"
"The Poseidon's commonality
with the commercial 737 program
allows it to incorporate some of the
latest technologies, such as a fully
glass cockpit, a head-up display,
and auto-throttle and auto-land
After the MoU was signed in
2009, Australia and the USN estab-
lished the P-8 Joint Program Office
at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland.
The Australian contingent
is drawn from a range of spe-
cialisations including aircrew,
engineers, logistics officers and
Defence Science and Technology
For further information on the P-8A
Poseidon or AIR 7000 project, contact
the Capability Development Group
Project Office on (02) 6265 1130 (for
P-8A enquiries) or (02) 6265 3188 (for
multi-mission unmanned aircraft system
First for a foreigner
[The P-8A will have]
ening to allow for
continued low level
(down to 200ft) oper-
ations and 60-degree
angle of bank turns.
-- WGCDR David Cox
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE:
A digital representation
of the P-8A with 10SQN
markings. Photo courtesy Boeing
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