The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its eighth Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds announced in a 9 April statement.
The aircraft is now undergoing verification and validation flying in the US and will join the rest of the fleet based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia in mid-June 2019, said the ministers, adding that this particular platform has been identified as the RAAF’s “long-term fatigue management aircraft” and had been fitted with “a raft of diagnostic equipment”.
“This specially equipped aircraft will allow [the] RAAF to collect useful data to analyse the life of the aircraft and identify what can be done to sustain it further,” said Reynolds.
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