- Xinhua – Australian air force will send two P-3C aircraft to join the multinational search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
- Stars and Stripes – A P-3C Orion aircraft is currently providing assistance in the search efforts of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 the waters between that disappeared somewhere over the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday morning.
- Aviation International News – Boeing said its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator, a modified Bombardier Challenger 604, completed its first flight on February 28 from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
- CNET – There’s a new sub-hunter in town: the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon, just now taking to the air to replace the venerable P-3C Orion. And soon it’ll have a drone deputy.
- Jane’s – The US Navy (USN) has awarded Boeing a USD2.4 billion contract to begin full-rate production of the P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the company announced on 25 February.
- Flight – Australia has approved the first part of a two-stage plan to replace its Lockheed AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, announcing on 21 February that it has approved the purchase of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidons, and taken options on a further four. The expected A$4 billion ($3.6 billion) acquisition comes under the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Project Air 7000 phase 2B, which represents the manned element of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) AP-3C replacement. A separate, phase 1B element calls for a high-altitude, long-endurance multimission unmanned air system.
- USNI News – Testing for the Navy’s next generation unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft is proceeding ahead of schedule, according to officials at Northrop Grumman.
- Sydney Morning Herald – Australia is to acquire eight new Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, able to watch over a vast area of ocean and if necessary attack enemy ships and submarines…Under the $4 billion deal, the RAAF will replace its 19 elderly Lockheed AP-3C Orion aircraft with the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, a design based on the widely used Boeing 737-800 airliner. There’s an option for four more.
- Stars and Stripes – The condition of several U.S. Navy and Japan Self-Defense Force surveillance planes is still unknown after heavy snow caused the roof of a hangar to collapse Saturday near Naval Air Facility Atsugi, according to U.S. and Japanese officials.
- StrategyPage – Although the U.S. Navy only has five RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs, plus one that crashed in 2012, the RQ-4s have flown over 12,000 hours for the navy since the first one arrived in 2008. In early 2013 the first production model of the MQ-4C Triton UAV took off and began its flight testing.
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- Montreal Gazette – The federal Conservative government’s centrepiece defence strategy has taken another hit as plans to buy a new fleet of airplanes to patrol Canada’s coasts and its Arctic territory by 2020 have been effectively shelved. Instead, documents tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday say the government will invest more than $2 billion to keep its existing Aurora maritime patrol aircraft flying until 2030, by which point the planes will be nearly 50 years old.
- The Australian – The Abbott Government is set to push Australia back into the large-scale unmanned aircraft business by taking the first steps to purchase a high level, long-range surveillance capability.
- West Australian – The Federal Government was forced to scramble a surveillance aircraft to shadow three Chinese warships after Beijing conducted a surprise war game off Christmas Island last month. The Defence Department ordered a RAAF P-3 Orion plane to monitor the vessels as they carried out a series of anti-piracy and search and rescue drills.
- AIN Online – Boeing sees its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) based on the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as potentially a starter platform for countries eyeing the higher-end P-8 Poseidon the company is supplying to the U.S. and Indian navies.
- The Star – The star attraction at Asia’s biggest arms and aerospace bazaar is an outwardly unassuming aircraft parked in a distant corner of the tarmac, past the sleek jet fighters and menacing attack helicopters. An operational P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft is on public display for the first time, with its manufacturer, Boeing, hoping for rich sales in a region that has two of the world’s most tense maritime disputes.
- Aviation Week – “Four or five nations” are showing strong interest in the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare aircraft, according to Chris Raymond, Boeing Defense, Space & Security vice-president for business development and strategy.
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- The Scotsman – Questions have been raised over the lack of maritime surveillance in the UK after Defence Secretary Philip Hammond admitted that his department relied on Twitter for information about a Russian warship which moored in Scottish waters over the christmas period.
- China Post – The military has recently turned a former civilian airport in southern Pingtung County into an airbase for the newly acquired P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft from the United States. The former Pingtung Airport has now been revamped into a P-3C aircraft base and it will be home to a total of 12 P-3Cs after the last of the model is scheduled to be delivered and arrive at the base by the end of 2015.