– 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.
– Aviation Week – The Asia-Pacific’s U.S. Task Force 72 aircraft fleet will be getting more P-8A Poseidons in the coming months as part of the nation’s regular cycle changes for the Navy’s new antisubmarine and intelligence-gathering patrol workhorses.
– The Diplomat – India’s defense minister officially inducted eight Boeing P-8I Poseidon aircraft into the Indian Navy last week.
– Reuters – Boeing Co is in “very serious conversations” with five customers about its new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, a long-range spy plane based on Bombardier’s 605 business jet.
– Flightglobal – Boeing sees potential for another 100 orders of its P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft over the next decade, but declines to speculate on future customers or the timeline for any sales.
– Jane’s – The US Navy (USN) is preparing to deploy its Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft outside of the 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility (AoR) for the first time in early 2016.
– Shepard – Boeing is looking to market its maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) demonstrator to markets across the world, both for sea-focused requirements and land surveillance, as it makes its presence felt at the Dubai Air Show.
– Defense News – As the UK considers how to fill its maritime surveillance gap, Lockheed Martin is pitching a modified version of its C-130 multi-mission aircraft as a cheap alternative to Boeing’s costly P-8 Poseidon.
– Aviation Week – Despite warnings by Pentagon testers that Boeing P-8A aircraft are not yet ready for prime time, top U.S. Navy brass continue to use and praise early models of the aircraft as they make aerial waves in the Pacific.
– Sunday Times – The Ministry of Defence is understood to have dropped a £2bn plan to buy a fleet of US-made submarine-hunting jets for the RAF. The proposed purchase of up to nine P-8 Poseidon aircraft was expected to be the centrepiece of the government’s forthcoming defence review, but sources say the project has been shelved after ministers decided the aircraft were “fiendishly expensive”.
– Reuters – The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier scrambled four fighter jets to intercept approaching Russian warplanes as it carried out a military exercise on Tuesday in the Sea of Japan. The two Russian TU-142 “Bear” planes came as close as a nautical mile from the carrier and were flying at a low-altitude, about 500 feet (152 m) above sea level.
– Maritime Patrol Association – The latest edition of the Planeside newsletter is available.
– Jane’s – Boeing is hoping to tap into the Asia Pacific airborne maritime patrol market with its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA).
– Flight Global – Lockheed Martin has detailed a proposal to supply former US Navy S-3B Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the South Korean Navy.
– P-3 Orion Research Group – Just updated: the latest P-3 Orion news from around the world.
– Honolulu Advertiser – One of the longest-lived military airplanes in Hawaii — the P-3 Orion turboprop — is starting to fade away, with the Navy deciding its sub-hunting jet replacements could be more economically based in Washington state.
– 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.