UK MPA contenders fret over potential P-8 ‘stitch-up’

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.

A Day in the Life of Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Casa 235 Air Contingent On Deployment With Operation Atalanta

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.

This Shot Of A P-8 Poseidon Dropping Three Harpoon Missiles Is Triumphant

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.

UK’s Seedcorn MPA project renewed for a further three years

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.

US Pacific commander joins 7-hour surveillance of South China Sea, in move likely to irk China

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.

The Navy’s P-8 Poseidon Spotted Packing Mysterious New Pod

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.