– All Africa – Since the Spanish D4 CASA-235 Vigma Air Contingent took over counter-piracy duties from the Spanish P-3 Orion crew in July 2015, the team has been very busy patrolling the waters off the coast of Somalia forever on the look-out for any potential pirate activity.
– Foxtrot Alpha – Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon program has a lot to feel good about. Not only has the aircraft been the star of the Navy in Pacific Theater as of late, but Australia has just ordered four of the maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft, officially making them the third operator of the type. The U.S. Navy also put in an order for nine more of the jets.
– Planeside Issue 3 2015 – The latest issue of the newsletter of the Maritime Patrol Association is now available.
– Wall Street Journal – Nations hope better intelligence will lessen region’s maritime disputes
– Aviation Week – The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) hailed the international debut of the country’s indigenous Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft in mid-July as a sign of the ever-strengthening defense relationship between Japan and the U.K.
– Nikkei Asian Review – Japan’s state-of-the-art maritime patrol aircraft has been attracting increasing attention, not only from its key ally, the U.S., but also from Europe amid growing concerns about movements by Russian submarines.
– Flightglobal – Boeing sent its Bombardier Challenger 604-based maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) to appear in the static display at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), as the company looked to attract customers for the offering.
– Flightglobal – The UK has renewed its Seedcorn maritime patrol project that sees it integrated with allied forces for another three years, maintaining the capability it lost with the cancelled BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 until a replacement is sought. Royal Air Force crews will continue operating at the same rate in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, maintaining an anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capability and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance skills.
– Jane’s – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) demonstrated its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to a potential operator on 17 July, although officials declined to name exactly who.
– Flightglobal – The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force expects its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft to reach full operational capability by September 2015.
– AP – In a move likely to irk China, the new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea over the weekend on board one of America’s newest spy planes. Adm. Scott Swift joined the surveillance mission on board a P-8A Poseidon plane on Saturday to witness the aircraft’s full range of capabilities, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Sunday.
– Foxtrot Alpha – The P-8 Poseidon is quickly becoming the Pentagon’s super-adaptable multi-role surveillance platform of choice. We know it can pack one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, slung under its belly in a huge canoe-like enclosure. Now, another previously unknown external ‘plug and play’ capability for the P-8 appears to be in testing.
– All Africa – In July 2015 the German Maritime Patrol P3C-Orion aircraft completed a three month detachment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.
– Aviation Week – The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has arrived here at RAF Fairford in preparation for the Royal International Air Tattoo and this morning we have been treated to the first flying display rehearsal of the fascinating yet charismatic Kawasaki P-1.
– Defense World – The Indian Navy plans to buy additional four Boeing P-8I Maritime Surveillance and anti-submarine warfare Aircraft.
– Foxtrot Alpha – Japan’s home-made and high-tech multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft is a purpose-built weapon system with a lot going for it, and Japan hopes potential foreign customers agree.
– National Interest – China has developed and deployed a new, advanced fixed-wing, anti-submarine patrol aircraft in waters near Japan and South Korea.
– Japan Times – The government on Tuesday added another year to the Maritime Self-Defense Force mission to protect commercial vessels from pirate attacks off Somalia. The mission will remain composed chiefly of two MSDF escort vessels and two P-3C patrol aircraft.
– Taipei Times – Taiwanese officials confirmed earlier this week they were expanding P-3C patrol missions from the nation’s air defense identification zone surrounding Taiwan to the nation’s islands in the South China Sea.
– Jane’s – The German Navy is planning an extensive overhaul to its fleet of eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.
– Defence Blog – The interior of a Kawasaki P-1 Japanese maritime patrol aircraft.
– South China Morning Post – The Chinese navy has deployed several new advanced surveillance aircraft to its North Sea Fleet to hunt down submarines in the East and South China seas.
– Jane’s – The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has introduced into service a new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft.
– Wall Street Journal – Japan’s next-generation surveillance plane, the P-1, officially unveiled earlier this week, will enable its military to conduct longer reconnaissance missions at a time when Tokyo is paying close attention to China’s growing presence in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
– Foxtrot Alpha – The P-3 Orion is just one tough old air blender. These aircraft just keep at it decade after decade, hunting submarines and patrolling the world’s sea lanes.