RAAF Base Edinburgh in Adelaide will be the base for the nation’s new fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, as it has been for RAAF’s AP-3C Orion maritime patrol fleet for the past four decades.
The Australian Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8As, with seven additional aircraft to be acquired in two tranches to bring the total to 15 aircraft by the late 2020s. The first of the P-8A aircraft arrived at Edinburgh in November 2016. South Australia is committed to maximising opportunities for local industry over the life of the project, which will involve 30 years of sustainment and upgrade work.
The Poseidons, a variant of Boeing’s 737 commercial airliner, will provide RAAF with a highly advanced maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and response aircraft.