Boeing seeks first customers for MSA

- Flight Global – Boeing’s maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) was only a concept when the company announced the programme’s launch at the Farnborough airshow in 2012. This year, the MSA is a reality, with the company’s demonstration aircraft, a modified Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet, on display for potential customers.

British ASW: Spoiled for Choice

- Aviation Week – The collapse of Britain’s long-range antisubmarine warfare fleet has set off a scramble among contractors to fill the gap. With a strategic defense review due next year, and a shift in focus away from land wars, it is widely expected that the UK will take steps to restore its world-class capability. It is both a good and a bad time for that kind of decision. The maritime environment is challenging, with a small but expanding worldwide fleet of very quiet, advanced submarines and a complex surface picture. Trafficking of people and contraband, piracy and more crowded sea lanes increase the number of targets and demand fast response and continuous coverage. A wider-than-ever variety of systems is available for maritime patrol.

VP-16 home from historic deployment

- Florida Times-Union – On Nov. 29, 2013 two P-8A Poseidons from VP-16 lifted off from NAS Jacksonville, marking the beginning of a dynamic seven-month deployment for the “War Eagles” and the first operational deployment of the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon. On July 16, the squadron’s final aircraft touched down in Jacksonville, signifying the successful end to their historic deployment.

Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare

- Post Media – The silhouette of a nuclear-powered U.S. navy Los Angeles class attack submarine, its periscope slashing through the surface, was quickly spotted by the crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft during a five-hour mission south of the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend.

US aircraft detected over Chinese oil rigs off Paracels

- Want China Times – US reconnaissance aircraft were detected only 200 kilometers from Chinese oil rigs in the disputed waters around the Xisha (Paracel) islands twice on June 30 and July 2, according to officials of the Vietnam Coast Guard interviewed by the state-run Vietnam Television. A US aircraft, apparently a P-8A Poseidon of the United States Navy, was reported flying low over the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig on June 29. A Y-8T electronic aircraft equipped with the Gaoxin-4 Communications, Command, Control and Intelligence system was soon dispatched to the air space to confront the US patrol plane.

Transforming the B-52 Into a Maritime Patrol Plane

- War is Boring – The U.S. Air Force’s B-52 bomber is not a natural sea hunter. Boeing designed the huge, eight-engine warplane in the 1940s for atomic raids against Soviet cities. But today the venerable B-52 has become a powerful maritime patrol and strike plane, thanks to a long history of upgrades culminating in the recent addition of an unassuming-looking underwing pod containing a high-tech search radar.