PICTURE: First P-8A in Australian livery
April 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment
The first RAAF's P-8A Poseidon has rolled out of the paint hangar at Boeing's Renton, Washington facility. (Photo via Brendan Cowan / adf-gallery.com.au)
An undated picture of the first P-8A Poseidon in the markings of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)'s No. 11 Squadron has surfaced. The freshly painted aircraft — serial A47-001 — was being rolled out of the paint hangar at Boeing's Renton, Washington facility. The first of an initial batch of eight, the P-8A will make its maiden flight within the next few weeks before being flown to the nearby Thompson Site at Boeing Field for the installation of mission systems required for its anti-submarine and surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles. Delivery of the aircraft will take place in early 2017.
Acquired under Project Air 7000 Phase 2B, the P-8A will replace the aging survivors of the AP-3C Orion fleet operated by the No. 92 Wing and based at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Australia's 2016 Defence White Paper, released on 25 Feburary, also made known plans to add a further seven Poseidons — four of which will be conversions of options held under contract — for a total of 15 by the late 2020s.
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