MoD sinks £2bn sub-hunter jet deal

Sunday Times – The Ministry of Defence is understood to have dropped a £2bn plan to buy a fleet of US-made submarine-hunting jets for the RAF. The proposed purchase of up to nine P-8 Poseidon aircraft was expected to be the centrepiece of the government’s forthcoming defence review, but sources say the project has been shelved after ministers decided the aircraft were “fiendishly expensive”.

US Navy scrambled jets as Russian Tu-142 warplanes approached carrier

Reuters – The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier scrambled four fighter jets to intercept approaching Russian warplanes as it carried out a military exercise on Tuesday in the Sea of Japan. The two Russian TU-142 “Bear” planes came as close as a nautical mile from the carrier and were flying at a low-altitude, about 500 feet (152 m) above sea level.

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.