With the completion of the modification of the A47-006, it can already be officially said that the Australian P-8A Poseidon, or marine patrol aircraft, have been thoroughly improved with the future in mind.
As John Grime, captain of the 92nd Wing Group of the Australian Air Force commented, “the P-8A fleet is now future-proof and ready for upcoming technical improvements.” We know that the modifications included extensive cabling modernization that made the P-8A the best maritime surveillance aircraft in the world (via Naval News).
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This was done with the aim of extending and improving the mission systems installed on the aircraft and improving overall interoperability. This also resulted in the development of networks for communication between air-to-air, air-to-ship and air-to-ground platforms. All this together contributed to providing the fleet with the latest capabilities in maritime surveillance systems.