Boeing has won a contract award from the U.S. Navy to update the courseware and software for the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon training system.
Under the four-year, $194 million agreement, Boeing will upgrade devices at three locations for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to reflect the latest configuration of the Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
“With increasing demand for realistic training that is concurrent and affordable, the P-8A training system gives pilots, air crews and maintainers the most immersive environment at a fraction of the cost to train in a P-8A,” said Pat Walsh, vice president of U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Services for Boeing Global Services and retired Admiral. “Boeing is proud to provide a high-fidelity experience that offers a seamless transition from classroom to aircraft.”
Boeing developed the comprehensive P-8A training system to provide training for both pilots and aircrews. The aircrew training solution includes courseware, classrooms, part-task trainers and full-fidelity simulators for both pilot and mission crew. The maintenance training solution includes courseware, classrooms, hardware and virtual maintenance simulators to support all U.S. Navy maintenance certifications.
The P-8A training system allows operators to train and prepare for missions while reducing flight hours for the aircraft, as well as fuel costs associated with in-flight training.
Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a maritime patrol aircraft aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy (USN) by Boeing Defense, Space & Security based on its 737-800ERX design.
The P-8 is able to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and shipping interdiction, along with an early warning self-protection (EWSP) ability, otherwise known as electronic support measures (ESM). This involves carrying torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys.
The P-8 is operated by the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy (as the P-8I), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft has been ordered by the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF), and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).