Vietnam eyes secondhand Japanese defense gear

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.

The P-8, Singapore & South China Sea Strategy

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.

Lockheed to refresh systems on German P-3C Orion aircraft

UPI – Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $54.9 million U.S. Navy firm-fixed-price contract for the P-3C mission system refresh program. The company will upgrade the mission computer, acoustic equipment, armament/ordnance system, as well as displays and controls, for eight P-3C Orion aircraft flown by Germany.

U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon In New Radar Trials

Aviation Week – For almost 40 years the U.S. Navy has flown P-3 Orions out of Dallas-Love Field airport, operated by a little-known unit said to be called NASC-FS or NAWC-23. There are as many as three P-3s on strength but often only one is based at Love Field. They are rarely seen and their purpose is to test new radars for the service, often in the form of long “canoe” or “gondola” fairings under the belly.