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Australia completes Poseidon P-8A MPA upgrade program

Poseidon P-8A RAAF
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The Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol aircraft has completed a program of modifications in South Australia.

Operated by units under the command of No. 92 Wing, the P-8A Poseidon fleet underwent extensive modifications over a period of 12 months to support future upgrades to the aircraft.

The completion of the modification program was marked with the finalization of works on P-8A Poseidon aircraft A47-006 on July 28 at RAAF Base Edinburgh, near Adelaide in South Australia.

The works were carried out by Boeing in partnership with personnel from the P-8A Enterprise, which includes supporting elements from Boeing Defence Australia, Airbus Australia Pacific, No. 92 Wing and Surveillance and Response Systems Program Office.

Officer Commanding No. 92 Wing Group Captain John Grime said it was an important capability outcome.

“The P-8A fleet is now future-proofed and ready for the technical upgrades that lie ahead,” Wing Commander Grime said.

“This tranche of modifications included wiring upgrades to expand and enhance the mission systems fitted to the aircraft and improve interoperability; as well as networking for air-to-air, air-to-ship and air-to-ground communications in support of the joint force.

“These modifications will position the P-8A Poseidon as the premium maritime surveillance aircraft in the world.

“The project forms part of the P-8A Cooperative Program, which continues to deliver important capability outcomes, achieving results through seamless and highly successful Air Force and Defence industry collaboration.

“92 Wing is really proud of our contribution to these projects and our role in these partnerships, which ensures we maintain the capability edge for Australia and our coalition partners.”