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– Maritime Patrol Association – The Maritime Patrol Association’s first newsletter for 2016 is out.
– The Diplomat – Two Poseidon 8I aircraft have recently been dispatched to the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.
– Defense World – The Russian Navy will receive two more IL-38N Novella anti-submarine aircraft in November this year. The navy currently operates five IL-38N aircraft.
– Flightglobal – Boeing will receive a work package from the US Navy to design and incorporate “Increment 3 Block 2” improvements into the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The P-8A was declared operational in 2013, and advanced communications, sensors and weapons capabilities are bring rolled out in three phases, with increments one and two already under way. This third phase, which targets initial operational capability in 2020, will broadly improve the P-8A’s ability to detect and target submarines and surface vessels as well as its signals intelligence and networking capabilities, the navy says.
– Yomiuri Shimbun – The Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces have decided that Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft returning home from anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia will give priority to stopping along the way at bases of countries facing the South China Sea, including the Philippines and Vietnam.
– Florida Times Union – A look at the rebuilding at NAS Jacksonville to better accommodate the P-8.
– FlightGlobal – The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) could be due to receive a new electronic intelligence (ELINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft to replace its AP-3C ELINT aircraft, following a recent US Air Force contract award to L-3 Communications.
– VOA – Singapore’s agreement this month to host a spy plane for the United States marked a step forward in a decades-old alliance between the two countries, analysts say.
– Economic Times – The Indian Navy released a new maritime doctrine in October envisaging an expanded footprint in the Indian Ocean and, besides aircraft carriers and nuclear-powered and nuclear attack submarines, there is appropriate emphasis on offensive naval aviation.
– Shepard Media – The UK will not fit Stormshadow or Sting Ray weapon systems onto its Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) in order to bring the platform into service with the RAF as soon as possible.
– BBC – The Australian military is carrying out “freedom of navigation” flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea using its P-3 Orions.
– Defense News – UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon intends to discuss ways the US can help supply maritime surveillance capability until its P-8 aircraft come online – potentially including an acceleration of delivery for the Boeing made aircraft.
– Reuters – China’s military is paying “close attention” to an agreement between the United States and Singapore to deploy the U.S. P8 Poseidon spy plane to the city state and hopes the move does not harm regional stability, the Defence Ministry said.
– BBC – The United States has deployed a P-8 Poseidon spy plane to Singapore for the first time.
– SeaPower – The Navy has awarded a contract to The Boeing Co. to upgrade three aircraft in its P-8A Poseidon test fleet. They are not counted in the P-8A program of record of 117 aircraft for the U.S. Navy.
– All Africa – Operation Atalanta’s German Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPRA) provided vital support at sea to the flagship, ITS Carabiniere.
– The Olympian – Professional silence is part of the job description for sailors when they fly the Navy’s newest surveillance jet over disputed territory in the western Pacific. That’s what the Pentagon demands of crews that search for submarines in a testy corner of the world.
– Press and Journal – RAF Lossiemouth is to come the base for a new fleet of maritime patrol to help bolster Britain’s national security.
– BBC – Confirmed: The UK has announced it will purchase 9 P-8 Poseidon aircraft and base them at RAF Lossiemouth.
– Naval Technology – The US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS) has started operational assessment (OA) at the NAS Patuxent River in Maryland, US, as part of preparations to support milestone C review and entry into low-rate initial production.
– National Post – Canada has reportedly sent a maritime patrol aircraft to aid the hunt for a Russian submarine spotted off the Scottish coast amid fears it could be trying to spy on the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent system.
– BBC – An RAF plane is “conducting activity” off the Scottish coast, the Ministry of Defence says, amid reports of a Russian submarine being spotted in the area.
– Guardian – Aircraft will plug gap widely seen as existing in British military security after 2010 SDSR scrapped RAF Nimrods
– UPI – Spirit AeroSystems began production for the Royal Australian Air Force’s first P-8A aircraft, a military version of Boeing’s 737, hoping to deliver the parts to Boeing by early 2016.