Boeing Defence Australia and Airbus Australia Pacific have agreed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) related to future sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft fleet.

The pair already deliver an interim sustainment support contract (ISSC), covering the fleet's service entry. The new agreement is aimed at securing a through-life support contract for the type.

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

“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 current ISSC deal will expire in October 2020.

Australia has a current eight P-8As in service, and will have a full complement of 12 examples by 2022.