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Wed, 16 December 2020

Boeing Awarded US$109m Contract for New Zealand P-8A Poseidon Training

(16 Dec 2020) Boeing has won a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract from the U.S. Navy, valued at $109 million, to provide P-8A Poseidon training for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

In March 2020, the RNZAF acquired four P-8A Poseidon aircraft through the U.S. Navy FMS process, with expected delivery beginning in 2023. New Zealand is one of seven nations operating the P-8.

Boeings holistic P-8 training system will enable the RNZAF to conduct up to 70 percent of all Poseidon-related training in a simulated environment. As part of the contract, Boeing will provide:

Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) Full-motion simulator incorporates all P-8 unique displays and switches;

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash in July 2019, marking the first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A. Read more: http://www.asiatraveltips.com/news19/177-BoeingP8APoseidonUK.shtml Click to enlarge.

Weapons Tactics Trainer Simulates mission systems and tactical operations, and when coupled with the OFT, forms a Weapons Systems Trainer that enables multi-crew, high-fidelity mission rehearsal training in the same simulated environment;

Virtual Maintenance Trainer Enables training of maintenance professionals to properly perform maintenance tasks and procedures on the P-8A aircraft;

Scenario Generation Station Creates custom scenarios for mission training; and

Brief/Debrief Station Provides post-mission analysis and playback.

In addition, Boeings Electronic Classroom will give RNZAF instructors and students access to courseware and testing capabilities. Boeing will also provide initial Instructor Cadre Training to a group of RNZAF instructors, enabling them to continue training additional RNZAF P-8A instructors and aircrews following delivery of the training system in early 2024.

This holistic training system will enable aircrew to safely train for all aspects of flying and maintaining the P-8A Poseidon, said Tonya Noble, director of International Defense Training for Boeing. We look forward to bringing these training capabilities in-country and working alongside the RNZAF to ensure readiness of aircrew and maintenance personnel.

All training will be conducted in Ohakea, New Zealand.

See also: The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash in July 2019, marking the first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A. Read more.

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