Australia’s newest maritime surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has arrived at its new home, RAAF Base Edinburgh.
The P-8A Poseidon incorporates the latest maritime surveillance and attack capabilities, providing the Government with enhanced flexibility to support multiple operations.
“This is the twelfth Poseidon to join the fleet, since the first arrived in Canberra on 16 November 2016,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.
“The aircraft can be refuelled while flying by tanker aircraft such as Australia’s KC-30A, making it possible to patrol Australia’s isolated Southern Ocean territories.
“The P-8A is already providing significant operational support to Australia, including a recent mission to the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.”
“The government is investing $470 million to deliver new and upgraded facilities and significant airfield works at RAAF Base Edinburgh to support the introduction of the P-8A aircraft,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said.
The P-8A Poseidon and the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are replacing the AP-3C Orion aircraft.