Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft.
“This AUD470 million [USD341 million] facility marks the beginning of a transformation of our training that will support [the] air force’s ability to meet emerging threats and future challenges,” said Defence Minister Marise Payne in a joint statement with Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.
Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia, the facility will deliver over 39 separate training courses expected to minimise training demands on the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, with the aim of reducing aircraft fatigue, increasing safety, and improving availability for higher priority tasking.
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