(16 Dec 2020)
Boeing has won a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract
from the U.S. Navy, valued at $109 million, to provide P-8A
Poseidon training for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
In March 2020, the RNZAF acquired four P-8A
Poseidon aircraft through the U.S. Navy FMS process, with expected
delivery beginning in 2023. New Zealand is one of seven nations
operating the P-8.
holistic P-8 training system will enable the RNZAF to conduct up
to 70 percent of all Poseidon-related training in a simulated
environment. As part of the contract, Boeing will provide:
Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) – Full-motion
simulator incorporates all P-8 unique displays and switches;
Tactics Trainer – Simulates mission systems and tactical
operations, and when coupled with the OFT, forms a Weapons Systems
Trainer that enables multi-crew, high-fidelity mission rehearsal
training in the same simulated environment;
Maintenance Trainer – Enables training of maintenance
professionals to properly perform maintenance tasks and procedures
on the P-8A aircraft;
Scenario Generation Station – Creates custom
scenarios for mission training; and
– Provides post-mission analysis and playback.
Boeing’s Electronic Classroom will give RNZAF instructors and
students access to courseware and testing capabilities. Boeing
will also provide initial Instructor Cadre Training to a group of
RNZAF instructors, enabling them to continue training additional
RNZAF P-8A instructors and aircrews following delivery of the training system in early 2024.
“This holistic training
system will enable aircrew to safely train for all aspects of
flying and maintaining the P-8A Poseidon,” said Tonya Noble,
director of International Defense Training for Boeing. “We look
forward to bringing these training capabilities in-country and
working alongside the RNZAF to ensure readiness of aircrew and
All training will be conducted in
Ohakea, New Zealand.
The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air
Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash in July 2019, marking the
first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A.
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