Poseidon simulator arrives in Scotland on giant cargo plane

The P-8A Poseidon flight trainer will finish its journey to RAF Lossiemouth by road and will be the second such simulator at the base.

One of the largest transport planes in the world has helped deliver a P-8A Poseidon aircraft simulator to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

The Antonov AN-124 touched down at Glasgow Prestwick Airport from Florida, handing over a second operational flight trainer for use at the upgraded airbase.

Lorries will transport the 9.5-tonne simulator the remainder of the journey to RAF Lossiemouth by Friday evening.

The flight trainer is the second of two that will be installed at a new £100 million facility at the base, supporting pilots flying the UK's new Poseidon fleet.

"Its size makes it too big to be transported by any RAF aircraft,” said Mark Corden, Project Manager for Training in the Poseidon delivery team at Defence Equipment and Support.

"The Antonov is one of only a few aircraft in the world large enough to carry it."

Training scenarios will be replicated using the kit, reducing the training costs for the submarine-hunter jets.

The simulator will be transported to RAF Lossiemouth by road from Glasgow, where it landed on the Antonov cargo plane (Picture: RAF).

The simulators are "exact replicas of the aircraft cockpit and will incorporate very high-definition visual display systems", Mr Corden added.

The strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth is more than 33,000 square metres in size and also has accommodation for two squadrons.

Electronic classrooms will also be available, as part of wider base refurbishments costing more than £400 million.

Equipped with sensors and weapons systems designed for anti-submarine warfare, the P-8As will also carry out surveillance and search and rescue missions, according to the RAF.

The new-look base in Moray is expected to house all nine maritime patrol aircraft by the end of this year.

The RAF has more than half of those P-8As at Lossiemouth, while the sixth of the aircraft was named 'Guernsey's Reply' last month.

Cover image: Antonov AN-124 in Glasgow (Picture: RAF/Twitter).