– 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.
– Janes – The US Navy (USN) plans to equip its fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with search-and-rescue (SAR) kits that can be air-dropped from the platform’s stores bay by 2018.
– Stuff – They are fifty years old but the Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orions are still getting the job done.
– SeaPower – A Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft squadron has deployed to the U.S. Fifth Fleet for the first time, expanding the aircraft’s deployed force levels beyond the Western Pacific.
– SeaPower – The Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony July 25 at HAI’s facilities here to recognize the official launch of the Hellenic Navy P-3B maritime patrol aircraft modernization and upgrade program.
– Naval Technology – The US Seventh Fleet has deployed two P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Singapore on a rotational basis to support shared maritime security initiatives.
– FlightGlobal – The South Korean navy has taken delivery of the first of eight Lockheed Martin PC-3 Orion aircraft to be upgraded by Korean Air Aerospace Division.
– Military.com – For Flight Lieutenant Joseph Aronds, news that the British government has confirmed its intent to purchase nine Boeing-made P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft means that he may be able to move back into his Scottish home near Lossiemouth airfield in the not-too-distant future.
– Reuters – Norway has expressed interest in buying five to six Boeing Co P-8 maritime surveillance planes, a senior U.S. Navy official said on Monday.
– Aviation Week – …this raises a more fundamental question around UK P-8 strategy: is nine aircraft going to be enough?
– Indian Express – The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by PM Narendra Modi, has approved the purchase of four additional Boeing P-8I Neptune aircraft at a cost of $1 billion (Rs 6,700 crore). They are expected to be inducted into the Indian Navy over the next three years.
– Nikkei Asian Review – Vietnam has long wanted anti-submarine aircraft and many analysts thought Vietnam would move quickly to purchase one from the U.S. once the arms embargo was lifted. But Japan has also emerged as a potential supplier. According to a Japanese official, the Vietnamese navy informally asked in the spring to buy retired MSDF P-3C anti-submarine aircraft.
– USNI News – The Navy is continuing operational testing of its future unmanned long-endurance maritime surveillance aircraft, the MQ-4C Triton, demonstrating its ability to share critical mission information with the manned P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft.
– Jane’s – The US Navy (USN) is to shortly begin transitioning its west coast maritime patrol squadrons over to the Boeing P-8A Poseidon as it looks to phase out of service the lion’s-share of its Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion fleet before the end of the decade.
– Breaking Defense – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his host, Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen, made a stark and clear statement to China before the Shangri-La summit began, boarding America’s preeminent sub-hunting and surveillance plane, the P-8 Poseidon.
“How do you like this aircraft?” asked Carter as they boarded the P-8.
“I love this aircraft!” replied Lt. Torrey Plum.
Plum’s isn’t alone in her enthusiasm for the Boeing-built aircraft. It’s a sentiment shared at high levels of the US, Australian, British, and Indian militaries, all of which are fielding the surveillance plane.
– DefenseNews – …Naval industry sources say the Turkish description of the requirement would probably point to the Boeing P-8 Poseidon…