Boeing delivers P-8A training system

April 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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ST. LOUIS, April 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., has received the second set of P-8A Poseidon training devices from Boeing.

The set includes an operational flight trainer, a weapons tactics trainer and four electronic classrooms.

Boeing will deliver seven more OFTs and four more WTTs and two part-task trainers -- plus more than two dozen classrooms and attendant courseware -- to the Navy facility by the end of next year.

"The P-8A Weapons Tactics Trainer is a new innovation for Boeing," said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president for Training Systems and Government Services. "Unlike previously delivered tactics trainers, it can be used to train multiple mission operators at the same time."

The P-8A is based on Boeing's commercial 737 aircraft. The Navy is buying 117 of the planes to replace its aging P-3 fleet. Boeing officially delivered the first of 13 low-rate initial production P-8A Poseidons to the Navy in early March.

Boeing said its weapons tactics trainer has five mission-crew workstations and five instructor-operator stations to train mission crew on the aircraft's maritime sensor and communications systems and to control and deployment of its weapons.

The full-motion, full-visual OFT is derived from the commercial 737 full-flight simulator.

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