– 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.
– Reuters – A Japanese P-3 patrol plane circled over disputed parts of the South China Sea on Tuesday at the start of an exercise with the Philippine military that has irked China.
– New Strait Times – It was a combination of dogged Aussie persistence and blind luck that resulted in the discovery of MT Orkim Harmony. The crew members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3C Orion (call sign “Sealion”) from 92 Wing that caught the much-needed break in the search for the hijacked tanker sat down with the New Straits Times at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base here moments before sortieing back to their home base at RAAF Edinburgh in Adelaide at the end of their deployment here.
– Japan Times – Japan plans to extend by another year the deployment of Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel and P-3 Orions to combat piracy in waters off Somalia in East Africa.
– Want China Times – The United States is planning to establish a chain of military bases with the P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft to monitor China’s activities in the South China Sea.
– Military Embedded Systems – The U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft completed its first flight with the APS-154 Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) radar configuration.
– Daily Telegraph – Defence groups call for a fair fight in race to land expected contract to replace Nimrod jets that were controversially scrapped.
– Military.com – Submarine-hunting aircraft don’t typically get the kind of attention that the U.S. Navy’s P-8 Poseidon has received at this year’s Paris Air Show.
– Aviation Week – Increased P-8 production rate caters to international sales, possibly including the U.K.
– Aviation Week – Boeing is accelerating production of its P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft amid mounting signs of additional international sales and solid funding for planned U.S. Navy procurement.
– Guardian – Defence minister says it is in everyone’s interest to have ‘free and unencumbered transit through international waters, including … the South China Sea’
– Washington Free Beacon – China tried to electronically jam U.S. Global Hawk flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction
– 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.