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Boeing Australia tapped for P-8A sustainment services

The Royal Australian Air Force's fleet of P-8A Poseidon aircraft are to receive sustainment services from Boeing Australia.

By Richard Tomkins
Boeing to support Australia's Poseidon aircraft. Pictured, a U.S.Navy P-8A Poseidon drops a torpedo. U.S. Navy photo
Boeing to support Australia's Poseidon aircraft. Pictured, a U.S.Navy P-8A Poseidon drops a torpedo. U.S. Navy photo

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Boeing Australia is to provide sustainment support for P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft flown by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Australia's Department of Defense said that under a contract with the company the services will occur over the next four years.

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The government was quoted as saying the contract will result in local jobs.

"Developing this kind of indigenous capability -- where we can maintain our own military hardware -- is critical for our national security and is good for Australian jobs," said Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.

"The P-8A is a world-class maritime patrol and response aircraft and Australian Defense industry support will be a critical enabler to our military's operational capability in the region."

The P-8A from Boeing is used for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, shipping interdiction and electronic signals intelligence missions. It has a maximum speed of more than 500 miles per hour and a combat radius of 1,200 nautical miles.

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