– Stars and Stripes – The P-8A Poseidons that patrol over the South China Sea’s disputed territory don’t end up on many posters, nor are they likely to dethrone fighter planes as Hollywood’s favorite military aircraft….
– CNN – The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. P-8 surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.
– AFP – The hulking German P-3C Orion aircraft prepares to take off from a military base in the Horn of African nation of Djibouti, on the latest mission hunting pirates off Somalia’s coast…
– FlightGlobal – Lockheed Martin has held discussions with several countries in Southeast Asia about a roll-on, roll-off maritime mission package for use aboard the C-130 Hercules tactical transport.
– Financial Express – A US Navy P-8A aircraft which landed in Bangladesh with crew and maintenance personnel on Friday to assist the search efforts of a missing US Marine helicopter that went down in Nepal while conducting earthquake relief operatrion, left Dhaka on Saturday.
– USNI News – Members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 “Tridents” are busy in U.S. 5th Fleet this spring, in the middle of the last deployment of the Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the East Coast.
– USA Today – The crew of Pelican One keeps a watchful eye as the U.S. Navy patrol plane swoops low to identify a ship operating near waters off southwestern Japan that China now claims as its territory.
– Jane’s – The Argentine Navy has begun a service-life extension programme for its four Lockheed Martin P-3B Orion maritime patrol fleet.
– StrategyPage – In the last decade there has been a resurgence of interest in seaplanes.
– Maritime Patrol Association – The second issue of this year’s Planeside magazine is now available.
– Ottawa Citizen – A surveillance satellite as well as aircraft from private companies are being increasingly used to keep an eye on Canada’s coasts because the military’s aging CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft aren’t available as often.
– Reuters – Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims.
– Want China Times – Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed for the first time Monday that the military will dispatch P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft on surveillance missions to the country’s territory in the South China Sea in the future.
– FlightGlobal – The US Navy has launched flight testing on the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton of one of the first active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars with 360-degree coverage that was developed exclusively for the maritime patrol mission.
– Australian National University Press – A must read new book by Professor Desmond Ball which is freely available.
He writes that Japan is quintessentially by geography a maritime country. Maritime surveillance capabilities – underwater, shore-based and airborne – are critical to its national defence posture. This book describes and assesses these capabilities, with particular respect to the underwater segment, about which there is little strategic analysis in publicly available literature.
– Jane’s – The USN says its P-8 acquisition continues to be cost-effective, and its operational efficiency has been equally effective in early deployments. The P-8’s advanced sensors also eliminate the need for a MAD boom
– Aberdeen Press and Journal – This year, RAF Lossiemouth is hosting the P-8 Poseidon, P3 Orion and Atlantique as well as Pavehawk Search and Rescue helicopters. RAF Lossiemouth’s Typhoons are also taking part in the operation.
– SeaPower – The Navy’s program to incrementally improve the capabilities of its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft though the duration of the aircraft’s deliveries will be followed by Rapid Capability Improvements (RCIs)to the aircraft fleet.
– SeaPower – The acoustic sensor system of the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft proving to be twice as effective as that of the older P-3C Orion.
– SeaPower – Several improvements have been made to the durability and sensing capabilities of the MQ-4C Triton, the Navy’s big, high-altitude unmanned aircraft system (UAS) slated for its first operational assessment this summer
– The Diplomat – The patrol involved 88 personnel overall. The United States committed a P-3C Orion fleet comprising four ships and 21 personnel. In terms of Indonesian hardware, the Indonesian navy committed CN-235 and NC-212 short take-off and landing (STOL) maritime patrol aircraft in addition to a BO-105 helicopter.
– Sputnik News – Russia’s fleet of Tu-142 antisubmarine aircraft of the Naval Forces will be modernized in the coming four-five years.
– Foxtrot Alpha – The Navy is settling into its new maritime patrol aircraft and increased deployments abroad are part of getting the P-8A Poseidon up to snuff. Last July, VP-5 ‘Mad Foxes’ took on their seven-month mission to Japan with gusto, with the P-8’s fresh capabilities continuing to be a big hit in the region. Here’s a video montage of the Mad Foxes’ historic deployment.
– Newsweek – Russian naval units launched an air-and-sea practice offensive on a nuclear submarine today in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway. The drill is part of Russia’s massive snap military drills which are due to continue until 21 March. The ‘strike and search group’, as the Russian Ministry of Defence referred to it, from the navy’s Northern Fleet comprised of Tu-142 ‘Bear’ naval aviation reconnaissance bombers and Il-38 ‘Dolphin’ maritime patrol jets as well as two small anti-submarine ships and support vessels.
– Japan Times – Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. held a ceremony Tuesday in Gifu Prefecture to deliver the first two P-1 next-generation antisubmarine patrol aircraft to the Maritime Self-Defense Force.