– Shepard – While many are placing their bets on the Boeing P-8 Poseidon as the future UK maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) others are calling for a competition and offering up turboprop options for any potential requirement.
– Jane’s – Companies offering a potential solution to the United Kingdom’s maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) ‘gap’ are increasingly pressing for the contract to be competed. Their concern is that an anticipated requirement for a UK MPA capability, lost when the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) cancelled the Nimrod MRA.4 programme, will be ceded to an off-the-shelf procurement of the US Boeing P-8 Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft.
– Flightglobal – More on the P-8’s highly-classified Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS).
– The Diplomat – Seoul is moving ahead with plans to purchase refurbished Viking S-3 planes.
– Aviation Week – The German navy resumed P-3C Orion flights Sept. 14 in support of the EU’s Operation Atalanta counter-piracy mission off the Somali coast, providing information on ship movements to the EU NAVFOR Somalia task force.
– Daily Telegraph – Defence giant Lockheed Martin reveals plan to ‘recycle’ RAF’s ageing Hercules transporters as spy planes.
– Iceland Magazine – The US is considering basing P-8’s at Keflavík Airport in Iceland.
– RUSI – The UK’s maritime patrol capability should be the result of an open competition, rather than a behind-the-curtains purchase of a preferred airframe
– Yonhap – South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea.
– Malaysian Insider – The US side has been pressing Najib’s government to allow the US Navy to fly both P-8 Poseidon and P-3 Orion maritime surveillance planes from Malaysian airstrips over South China Sea areas where the Chinese government has been rapidly building artificial islands.
– 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.