Boeing wins new contract with Australia for P8-A Poseidon training

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense, Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $24,999,480 firm-fixed-price order (N6134021F0119) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N6134019G0002) for the upgrade of the P-8A Poseidon maintenance training device suite.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 P-8A Maintenance Device Training System (Picture source: Boeing)

This order includes virtual maintenance trainers and related courseware and hardware in support of the P-8A aircraft platform to ensure the fleet receives training in current aircraft production baseline capabilities that align with real-life flight scenarios for the Navy and the government of Australia.

Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (60%); St. Louis, Missouri (15%); Seattle, Washington (15%); and Edinburgh, Australia (10%), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $14,139,920; and non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $10,859,560 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The Boeing P-8A is truly a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft designed to conduct anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and search and rescue missions. The aircraft was developed and is produced by American company Boeing Defense, Space & Security, based on a modified 737-800ERX two jet engines civilian aircraft.

The P-8A can fly higher (up to 41,000 ft) and get to the fight faster (490 knots). Shorter transit times reduce the size of the Area of Probability when searching for submarines, surface vessels, or search and rescue survivors. P-8 is also designed for low altitude missions and has already proven its abilities supporting humanitarian and search and rescue missions.

The P-8A can be armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. The Harpoon also called AGM-84 called is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security). It gives the Poseidon the ability to challenge enemy naval movements, either in support of offensive operations or in order to defend friendly forces.