– Indian Express – In order to keep a tab on rising Pakistani and Chinese activities in the Arabian Sea, the Indian Navy is planning to boost its maritime surveillance capabilities by operating “Made-in-India” Rustom series of UAVs and US-built Poseidon (P-8Is) aircraft from the naval bases in Gujarat.
– Daily Pioneer – The role that the aircraft is supposed to play is in areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. But mostly they may be used in some places in the island territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and in Lakshadweep, where no regular landing strips exist currently.
– Flight Global – Norway has proposed replacing its aging fleet of Lockheed Martin P-3 Orions and Dassault DA-20 Jet Falcons with five new Boeing P-8 Poseidons, the country’s minister of defense announced on 25 November.
The Barents Observer – “The introduction of Poseidon aircraft is crucial for Norway to maintain a leading position and expertise on strategic issues in northern areas,” says Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide.
– AIN – New Zealand has outlined its defense acquisition priorities for the next decade, with new airlifters and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) high on the agenda.
– USNI News – A P-3 from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii has already begun flying surveillance missions around Kaikoura. The plane was already in New Zealand for Exercise Mahi Tangaroa, which falls under New Zealand’s International Naval Review being held this week.
– <a href="http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201611110079.html"Asahi Shimbun – Japan’s cutting-edge P-1 patrol aircraft is to take part in an overseas military exercise for the first time, representing one of seven nations training in New Zealand waters.
– Navy Times – At first glance, the U.S. Navy’s new aircraft looks like nothing more than an airliner. That’s until you look under the wing of the P-8A Poseidon.
– Janes – The US Navy (USN) has flown its Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) out of Iceland as NATO looks to more effectively monitor the GIUK Gap that runs between Greenland, Iceland, and the United Kingdom.
– Planeside – the Quarterly Newsletter of the Maritime Patrol Association.
– USNI News – The Navy will stand up its first unmanned-only aviation squadron this week, as the MQ-4C Triton community establishes its first operational squadron in a ceremony Friday.
– Shepard Media – A new P-8A Poseidon training centre has opened at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, where the US Navy is preparing for the arrival of the P-8 aircraft in 2017.
– FlightGlobal – Kawasaki Heavy Industries has delivered 10 P-1 maritime patrol/anti-submarine aircraft to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), as it eyes the chance to compete in international competitions.
– Shephard Media – A new Naval Air Enclave (NAE) has been opened at Cochin International Airport (CIAL), India. The NAE will facilitate the operations of India’s P-8I Neptune aircraft from CIAL to enhance surveillance of the area around the western coast and the Minicoy and Lakshadweep islands.
– Seattle Times – Boeing on Tuesday rolled out the first P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft — based on its 737 commercial jet — destined for the Royal Australian Air Force. The program is going so smoothly that Boeing has been able to drop the base price of the aircraft by about 30 percent from about $170 million to $115 million.
– USNI News – The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system received Milestone C low-rate initial production approval after a successful Milestone Decision Authority review.
– CNN – US Navy EP-3 and P-8 aircraft were threatened with a potential shoot down over the weekend by Iran as they were flying in the northern Persian Gulf.
– Sputnik News – The US Navy’s P-8 Poseidon surveillance planes that were intercepted by the Sukhoi Su-27s were apparently trying to get a closer look at the ongoing Kavkaz (Caucasus) 2016 military drills that are being held in the Black Sea, particularly Russia’s newest submarines that are so quiet that NATO nicknamed them the “black hole.”
– BBC – The Pentagon says a Russian fighter plane flew within about 10ft (3m) of one of its P-8 Poseidon aircraft operating over the Black Sea.
– Second Line of Defense – A new aspect of building, modernizing and evolving the combat capabilities of the new generation of combat aircraft is software upgradeability. Software upgradeability provides a key opportunity to evolve the capabilities of an air combat platform without having to change the hardware and correlated software configurations through a complicated upgrade process.
– Jane’s – The South Korean military may buy four Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft in the wake of the successful test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) by North Korea on 24 August, the Korea JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted a senior government official as saying on 1 September.
– SeaPower – The Navy’s two reserve patrol (VP) squadrons are not scheduled to receive the new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, making their future uncertain, the Navy’s air boss said.
– Whidbey News Times – Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is preparing to become the primary home on the West Coast for the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.
– Tester – Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 bid farewell to the command’s last P-3 as it departed for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, July 20.
Planeside Issue 3 2016 – the Quarterly Newsletter of the Maritime Patrol Association.