Delays And Cost Challenges Beset Airborne ASW

- Aviation Week – The U.S. Navy’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft made the headlines in March when aircraft of patrol squadron VP-16, deployed to Kadena AB in Okinawa, supported the search for the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But although the P-8A is the largest and most costly aircraft ever built for ASW, its ability to detect submarines at long range is inferior to that of the P-3C Orion, which it is intended to replace.

Crews hunt ‘enemy’ subs in latest patrol airplane

- Navy Times – Flying at less than 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy P-8A Poseidon took a hard 180-degree turn to starboard, nearly standing the aircraft on it’s wing as it doubled back along the search track. The aircrew had spotted a submarine periscope on radar — operating close to the surface and sending messages. It was early in the April 7 search and the P-8 crew was coming around fast, looking to get a kill…

Fleet Challenge 2014 winners announced

- Florida Times-Union – Fleet Challenge 2014 wrapped up its annual anti-submarine warfare (ASW) competition April 10 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. This year’s winners were the allied P-8A Poseidon aircrew from the “Pro’s Nest” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, followed closely by the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” flying the P-3C, with third place taken by a VP-5 “Mad Foxes” crew in a P-8A.

Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon submarine killers are getting super radar

- BizJournals – Boeing’s Seattle-built P-8A Poseidon submarine killer could get a lot more deadly, if a new radar system now being tested by the U.S. Navy works out as planned. Since April 13, the Navy has been flying a P-8A aircraft from Boeing Field that’s carrying a long, rectangular box under its belly: the Advanced Airborne Sensor, or AAS.

Boeing to target current P-3 operators for MSA sales

- Flight Global – Boeing’s maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA), which is based on a Bombardier Challenger 605 platform, will be an ideal aircraft for countries that already operate Lockheed P-3 Orions, the company says. Speaking at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition near Washington DC, company officials add that potential customers will also be countries in the Asia-Pacific and Persian Gulf.

Boeing P-8 Poseidon tops Nimrod replacement list

- The Scotsman – An RAF officer has revealed that the Boeing P-8 Poseidon is the top of RAF’s wishlist to replace Nimrod and fill the UK’s maritime patrol capability gap. Squadron Leader Lloyd Barrett said the Boeing P-8 Poseidon “is the most capable” option but also “the most expensive” and revealed that the Airbus Military C295 and Bombardier Dash are the other off the shelf options being considered to replace the Nimrod which was cancelled in 2010 by the coalition government because of safety concerns.

MH370 crash: Search effort creates strange bedfellows

- The Star – The pot-bellied silhouette of a Chinese Il-76 military transport plane appeared in the sky over Perth International Airport just as the US naval officer was explaining how he guards his cutting-edge surveillance plane. Lieutenant Commander Adam Schantz was ticking off the measures, including a round-the-clock guard and armed rapid response team, as he caught sight of the Chinese aircraft coming in to land a few meters from the US Navy’s P8 Poseidon for which he is responsible. The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is producing strange bedfellows.