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Boeing and Airbus sign MoU for RAAF Poseidon through life support

4th July 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing Defence Australia and Airbus Australia Pacific have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) extending their commitment to the sustainment of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The companies are currently teaming to deliver the Interim Sustainment Support Contract (ISSC) for the fleet’s transition into service, and the MoU positions the partnership to provide a follow-on P-8A Through Life Support (TLS) contract. 

‘The MoU signals our preparedness to deliver the future of the P-8A sustainment in Australia,’ Scott Carpendale, director of Boeing’s Commercial Derivative Aircraft division, said. 

‘Having sustained the RAAF fleet since 2015, the combined Boeing and Airbus Australia Pacific teams bring proven capability to provide ongoing support and training and assist the customer to scope and address future requirements.’

The ISSC is due to expire in October 2020, so this new agreement will assure the continuity of service for the support programme. 

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