Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, the P-8A Poseidon is an important part of Australia's future maritime patrol and response strategy. The
P-8A has replaced the AP-3C Orions. Australia has committed to acquiring up to 15 P-8A Poseidon aircraft from 2016.
The P-8A Poseidon has advanced sensors and mission systems, including a state-of-the-art multi-role radar, high definition cameras, and an acoustic system with four times the processing capacity of the Orion. The P-8A is built specifically as a military aircraft. It is based on the proven commercial design of Boeing's 737-800 fuselage, but has been substantially modified for defence purposes.
An internal fuel capacity of almost 34 tonnes allows the P-8A to conduct low level anti-submarine warfare missions at a distance of greater than 2,000 kilometres from base.
About the Speaker:
Group Captain James Badgery, RAAF
Group Captain James Badgery joined the Air Force in 1995, completing a B.Eng. (Aero) (Hons) at RMIT, followed by a Master of Engineering Science and Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies. He completed military post graduate studies at the joint Command and Staff College in India, is a Fellow of IE Aust, a CPEng, and a Member of AIPM.
The Group Captain has experience in aircraft maintenance, structural design engineering, engineering project management and requirements development for major projects. For 2015-2018 he was employed in the Air 7000 Phase 2B Project, introducing the P-8A Poseidon capability. The project achieved Initial Operational Capability within budget and ahead of schedule.
The acquisition of the P-8A Poseidon is the second largest project in Air Force, with a budget of $5.2B.
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