– 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…
– Defense World – Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight.
– Defense One – Alliance members should replicate their successful C-17 cooperation to restore their maritime patrol aircraft fleets.
– Defense News – Boeing showed off its newest sub-killing torpedo this week at the annual Sea-Air-Space conference, a flying torpedo that will enable the Navy’s P-8 Poseidon to hunt enemy submarines from great heights.
– Defense News – As Norway eyes the completion of a four-year defense strategy, a top defense official pledged the country will invest in its maritime capabilities, including spending to replace its aging P-3 and submarine fleets.
– 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.
– Reuters – The U.S. Navy on Thursday said a P-3 Orion long-range aircraft was supporting the search for an EgyptAir plane that disappeared on a flight from Paris to Cairo over the Mediterranean.
– Breaking Defense – Concerned over increasingly reckless Chinese and Russian intercepts of US aircraft, Pacific Command says it urgently needs cameras on its planes to provide irrefutable proof of their misbehavior.
– ABC – The Pentagon says a U.S. military EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace above the South China Sea was intercepted in an “unsafe” manner Tuesday by two Chinese military fighters.
– Defense One – With arms export ban loosened, Tokyo is shopping an indigenous sub-hunting plane for the first time at an American arms show.
– SeaPower – Boeing has flown a MULTI-INT (Multiple Intelligence) Pod on a Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft
– Aviation Week – The P-8A Poseidon has started air-to-air refueling testing and is on course to test its multi-static active coherent (MAC) anti-sub search system and High Altitude ASW (antisubmarine warfare) Weapons Concept Mk. 54 torpedo and high-altitude sensor upgrades.