– 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.
– USNI News – The U.S. Navy is cutting its teeth on the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon long range maritime Multi-Mission Aircraft with deployments to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), with the third rotation of the type currently ongoing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan since the first one began at the end of 2013. A typical deployment to Kadena lasts between six to seven months, and currently consists of a single squadron of Lockheed Martin P-3C Orions and one of P-8As to demonstrate the ability of the two platforms to operate effectively in a high-tempo environment.
– Russia and India Report – Over 800 military servicemen took part in the drills of antisubmarine aviation of the Russian Northern Fleet in the White and Barents seas.
– Reuters – The United States has begun flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, out of the Philippines for patrols over the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday, acknowledging the flights for the first time.
– Popular Science – China is making serious efforts to correct its longstanding deficiency in aerial Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), introducing the Shaanxi Y-8Q (also designated as the Y-8GX6) aircraft painted in the blue-gray People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) colors into operation.
– Defense News – A senior defense procurement official said Australia is looking to enter into an agreement with the US Navy in order to influence future development of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime unmanned aerial system.
– Florida Times Union – The “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 began their seven-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) when the first of six P-8A Poseidon aircraft departed from NAS Jacksonville on Jan. 27 and the last aircraft departed on Feb. 7.
– UK Defence Journal – More on the Project Seedcorn extension…
– Navy Times – The sailors of Patrol Squadron 5 are back home as of Thursday for their first deployment with the Navy’s shiny new maritime patrol aircraft, a deployment marked by joint training, community outreach, and an international incident with the Chinese.
– 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.
– 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.
– Intelligent Aerospace – Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts at BAE Systems are developing an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sensor payload able to look for submerged enemy submarines by detecting small variations in the Earth’s magnetic field.
– 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.
– 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.
– Planeside Newsletter – The 2015: Quarter 1 issue of PLANESIDE, the quarterly online newsletter of the Maritime Patrol Association, is now available. Highly recommended to all those interested in the latest US VP news and information.
– Focus Taiwan – The Air Force showcased performances Tuesday of the P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft of which Taiwan is taking delivery from the United States, a move designed to highlight the military’s high level of alertness and to strengthen its combat readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year break in February.
– Australian Defence Magazine – News recently that the US Navy could decrease the number of Triton platforms that it eventually purchases has both pros and cons, depending on who you are.
– UPI – Boeing says a Bombardier business jet it modified for use in maritime surveillance is ready for customer demonstrations.