posted on Feb, 21 2014 @ 12:18 AM
The Australian government has confirmed that they will buy 8 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, with the option to buy four more. The first example will arrive
in 2017, and be operational by 2021. The deal will be worth $3.6B USD. They will be the third customer for the P-8, after the US Navy, and India.
The deal has been anticipated for several years now, as the Australian government paid into the program in 2012 to assist development of the type.
The aircraft will operate in conjunction with a High Altitude Long Endurance UAV that they are planning to add to their inventory. The most likely
candidate for that is the MQ-8C Triton.
Australia has confirmed that it will acquire eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with the first examples to be delivered in
The aircraft will be fully operational by 2021, says prime minister Tony Abbott in a statement. His statement pegs the deal’s value at A$4 billion
“These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches and patrol over 2.5 million square
kilometres of our marine jurisdiction – an area equating to nearly 4 per cent of the world’s oceans,” says Abbott.
Canberra has also approved an option for an additional four examples.