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Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

24 February 2014

The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February.

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon recently visited the Singapore Airshow in early February. Following that event, this particular aircraft flew on to Australia, where it was inspected by the country's prime minister and defence minister, before taking part in joint exercises with the RAAF and Royal Australian Navy. (IHS/James Hardy)A US Navy P-8A Poseidon recently visited the Singapore Airshow in early February. Following that event, this particular aircraft flew on to Australia, where it was inspected by the country's prime minister and defence minister, before taking part in joint exercises with the RAAF and Royal Australian Navy. (IHS/James Hardy)

The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has also approved an option for a further four aircraft subject to the outcomes of the Defence White Paper review, a statement on the department's website read.

Once operational, the P-8A is expected to serve alongside Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with the current Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orions slated for retirement.



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