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Australian P-8A achieves Initial Operating Capability
RAAF P-8A Poseidon. © RAAF

Australian P-8A achieves Initial Operating Capability

Australia’s new maritime surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC), five months ahead of the original schedule.

Australia’s new maritime surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC), five months ahead of the original schedule. The P-8A — which will operate alongside the unmanned MQ-4C Triton — is taking over from the AP-3C Orion, which will soon be withdrawn from service.

The P-8A, which is being acquired under a $5bn programme, will play a key role in the Navy/Air Force integrated Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Family of Systems.

To date, six of Australia’s 12 P-8As have arrived in Australia. They are operated by Number 11 Squadron from RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

The first P-8A Poseidon arrived at its new home at RAAF Base Edinburgh in November 2016.

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