Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has secured an A$287 million ($205 million) sustainment contract for the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of 12 P-8A maritime patrol aircraft.

The six-year arrangement combines three previous contracts and covers maintenance, engineering, and logistics for the 737 derivative, says Boeing.


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A Royal Australian Air Force P-8A at the Singapore Airshow in February 2018

“Under this new contract, BDA will not only be responsible for the Australian elements of the sustainment programme but also takes on a platform steward role,” says BDA director of commercial derivative aircraft Darryn Fletcher.

“This means taking full ownership for everything needed to keep the platform flying and broadens BDA’s responsibilities to include asset management, aircraft-on-ground responsibilities and cyber-worthiness, amongst other tasks.”

A previous four-year support contract for the type will conclude in October 2020.