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June 30, 2015

CAE to deliver four P-8A operational flight trainers for US Navy and RAAF

CAE has secured a contract from Boeing to deliver simulator hardware for four additional P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers (OFTs).

By Samseer M

P-8A Poseidon

CAE has secured a contract from Boeing to deliver simulator hardware for four additional P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers (OFTs).

Within these P-8A OFTs, two are intended for the US Navy, which will bring the number of total P-8A OFTs with the service to 18.

CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said: "We are pleased to be supporting Boeing and the US Navy in developing the P-8A simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force, marking the first international sale of a comprehensive P-8A training system.

"The navy has significantly increased the amount of synthetic training it does as part of the P-8A training programme, and the high-fidelity P-8A operational flight trainers developed by CAE and Boeing play a key role in the overall P-8A training curriculum."

The P-8A OFTs for the navy are expected to be delivered to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in 2017.

Meanwhile, the remaining two will be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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"We are pleased to be supporting Boeing and the US Navy in developing the P-8A simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force."

This is part of the US Cooperative Program, in which the navy is responsible for providing the RAAF with a comprehensive P-8A training system. RAAF is expected to receive the P-8A OFTs in late 2017.

The P-8A Poseidon is a new long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft currently being developed for the US Navy.

The navy plans to use the P-8A to replace its ageing fleet of turbo-prop P-3 Orion aircraft. Approximately 117 P-8A MMA aircraft are expected to be purchased by the navy.

Boeing, which is currently under contract for 53 P-8As, is building the aircraft in collaboration with CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems, and GE Aviation.


Image: A US Navy’s P-8 Poseidon military aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Greg L Davis.

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