US Navy orders deployable P-8A trainers
Boeing has received a contract to deliver Deployable Mission Readiness Trainers (DMRTs) to the US Navy for its P-8A Poseidon fleet, the company announced on 6 June.
The company will supply seven DMRTs under the contract, with deliveries beginning in 2019.
The deployable P-8A Poseidon trainer will be portable with low-power requirements and will include Boeing’s Weapons Tactics Trainer system, which incorporates sonobuoy and ocean acoustics modelling.
The high-fidelity, crew-based trainers will allow aircrew and operators to improve their mission readiness without adding flight hours to the aircraft while deployed away from home training stations.
The US Navy trains P-8A Poseidon aircrews at naval air stations in Jacksonville, and Whidbey Island. Seventy percent of the training for P-8A aircrews takes place in simulators and other trainers; the remaining 30 percent uses the actual aircraft.
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The total cost of the design and construction contract will be €15 million (US$16.2 million) with a completion deadline of 18 months.
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