Boeing won a four-year, $194-million contract from the U.S. Navy to update its P-8A Poseidon training system courseware and software at three U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force locations, which will give the latest configuration of the Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
The P-8A training system is an electronic classroom that lets air, mission and maintenance crews train and prepare for missions. The aircrew training solution includes courseware, classrooms, part-task trainers and full-fidelity simulators for pilot and mission crew. The maintenance training solution includes courseware, classrooms, hardware and virtual maintenance simulators to support U.S. Navy maintenance certifications. Boeing says the training system reduces flight hours in the P-8A aircraft and lowers in-flight training fuel costs.
Vice President of U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Services for Boeing Global Services, retired Adm. Pat Walsh says, "With increasing demand for realistic training that is concurrent and affordable, the P-8A training system gives pilots, aircrews and maintainers the most immersive environment at a fraction of the cost to train in a P-8A.”