RAAF Base Darwin is set to receive a new hangar, maintenance facilities and working accommodation for the P-8A Poseidon.

Darwin based company Sitzler has been awarded the $53 million contract to deliver and manage the construction works. Sitzler will shortly commence site establishment activities with construction anticipated to be completed by late-2021.

“The project will support the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance and Response aircraft and other aircraft operating out of RAAF Base Darwin,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said.

“The P-8A Poseidon capability enhances Australia’s maritime domain awareness of the Indian Ocean region and Southern Asia.

“The project will provide direct benefits to the Darwin economy by prioritising local suppliers and creating local employment opportunities for the duration of the works.”

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon, agreed the $53 million investment would provide a welcome employment boost for the region.

“The project will create 230 local jobs for Territorians during the construction phase, plus further benefits for local businesses and suppliers,” Senator McMahon said.

“Sitzler are a well-known and trusted Territorian company."

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