Hope for new RAF patrol planes to replace Moray Nimrods

- Aberdeen Press and Journal – Fresh hopes have been raised that the UK Government is planning to finally replace the scrapped fleet of Moray-based Nimrod aircraft. Defence Minister Mark Francois has confirmed that the Seedcorn scheme which maintains the training of staff formerly based at RAF Kinloss has been extended.

IAI Introduces: a business Jet with stings

- Defense Update – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing a new maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft at Aero India 2015. The platform is based on a specially modified Bombardier Global 5000 business jet, configured with the new generation ELI-3360 maritime warfare mission system. For the first time, the Global 5000 business jet will be configured for combat missions, carrying a wide range of internal and external stores, including lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.

Sounds of aircraft over Jacksonville hint at size of Navy training exercise off coast

- Florida Times Union – “COMPTUEX is our graduation exercise before we deploy,” said Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, which includes the Roosevelt and all of its supporting elements. “We’ll finish this up in a couple weeks and then deploy shortly thereafter. “It’s where we put all the pieces of the strike group together and operate them in an integrated fashion.” One main focus of the exercise is to integrate the new P-8 Poseidon planes and UH-60R, or “Romeo,” helicopters into the mix.

Fifth P-8 Squadron Transition to Begin in March

- SeaPower – The Navy will begin the transition of a fifth patrol squadron to the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in March. Patrol Squadron 10 (VP-10), based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., will retire its P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft following its deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and begin training in the P-8A with the fleet replacement squadron, VP-30.

Tridents lead the way once again

- Florida Times-Union – Sailors of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 will make history Jan. 22 as the last East Coast squadron to deploy in the P-3C Orion aircraft. For the squadron, this deployment will mark the sunset of an aircraft with a 50-year legacy of excellence and historic milestones which began with the acceptance of its first P-3B back in 1966.

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Charles de Gaulle to sail for Gulf, possible participation in Islamic State air strikes

- Janes’ – The French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deploying with its battlegroup to the Gulf, and is understood to be preparing to contribute to coalition air strikes against Islamic State.The strikes would take place under Operation ‘Chammal’, the French contribution to the multinational operation ‘Inherent Resolve’. ‘Chammal’ was launched in response to an official request for assistance from the Iraqi government. The operation currently involves 15 French Air Force combat aircraft, one Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft, and one Boeing C-135FR tanker, as well as two French Navy Breguet Atlantique maritime patrol aircraft.

‘Begging’ for help: UK asks US to assist in search for Russian sub off Scotland

- RT – Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been forced to ask the American military for assistance in searching for a Russian submarine in its territorial waters due to budget cuts. Two American maritime patrol planes have been conducting searches off the Scottish coast since News Year’s Eve.