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Defence Infrastructure Division

Air 7000 Phase 2B - Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement Project

RAAF Base Pearce Works

  1. Runway extension.  The proposed runway extension will extend the runway to 2960 metres (9757ft) allowing the P-8A Poseidon to take off at maximum-all-up-weight at ambient temperature up to 34°C.  Both runway thresholds will require strengthening as the current strength of the pavements will not endure the loading of P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
  2. Parking apron.  Construction of a new apron abutting the existing light duty apron is proposed in order to accommodate three P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
  3. Aircraft rinse facility. The existing aircraft rinse facility is proposed to be upgraded to allow P-8A Poseidon aircraft to provide regular rinsing of the aircraft to reduce the build up of airborne contaminants arising from low flying operations.
  4. Redevelopment of the existing Ordnance Loading Apron. The existing maritime ordnance loading apron currently does not have the strength to accommodate the P-8A Poseidon. The Ordnance Loading Apron is proposed to be upgraded to a fully rigid pavement to support P-8A Poseidon aircraft operations.