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BAE Systems développe un drone ASM équipé d'un MAD destiné à coopérer avec les PATMAR P-8A de l'US Navy

BAE Systems développe un drone ASM équipé d'un MAD destiné à coopérer avec les PATMAR P-8A de l'US Navy | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 Feb. 2015.Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts at BAE Systems are developing an unmannedaircraft system (UAS) sensor payload able to look for submerged enemy submarines by detecting small variations in the Earth's magnetic field.

Officials of the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., announced an $8.9 million contract to the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Merrimack, N.H., for the High Altitude ASW (HAASW) Unmanned Targeting Air System (UTAS) program for the Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet.

HAASW UTAS seeks to integrate a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) and algorithms for use on an air-launched drone that the P-8A will use to detect and pinpoint enemy submarines.

A MAD instrument detects minute variations in the Earth's magnetic field. A submerged submarine represents a mass of ferromagnetic material that creates a detectable disturbance in the Earth's magnetic field.

The Navy's predecessor to the P-8A -- the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion four-engine turboprop aircraft -- has a MAD sensor attached to the back that looks like a large stinger that protrudes backward from the plane's tail.

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 Feb. 2015. Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts at BAE Systems are developing an unmannedaircraft system (UAS) sensor payload able to look for submerged enemy submarines by detecting small variations in the Earth's magnetic field.

Officials of the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., announced an $8.9 million contract to the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Merrimack, N.H., for the High Altitude ASW (HAASW) Unmanned Targeting Air System (UTAS) program for the Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet.

HAASW UTAS seeks to integrate a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) and algorithms for use on an air-launched drone that the P-8A will use to detect and pinpoint enemy submarines.

A MAD instrument detects minute variations in the Earth's magnetic field. A submerged submarine represents a mass of ferromagnetic material that creates a detectable disturbance in the Earth's magnetic field.

The Navy's predecessor to the P-8A -- the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion four-engine turboprop aircraft -- has a MAD sensor attached to the back that looks like a large stinger that protrudes backward from the plane's tail.

These high-altitude torpedoes are Navy Mark 54 lightweight torpedoes with add-n kits that enable the weapons to glide through the air to attack enemy submarines from long ranges and high altitudes.

Fixed-wing aircraft like the P-3 normally release conventional torpedoes from very low altitudes or with small parachutes to ease the torpedoes into the water gently.

The HAAWC ALA turns the Raytheon Mark 54 torpedo into a glide weapon. As the flying torpedo reaches the water, it jettisons wings and other air-control surfaces and takes on its original role as a smart torpedo that can detect, track, and attack enemy submarines autonomously.

The P-8A also is being designed to work together with the Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) large UAS -- a maritime-patrol version of the Global Hawk long-range surveillance UAS.

One or more Triton UAS can detect and track hostile submarines from high or low altitudes, and the P-8A can look for submerged submarines and launch torpedo attacks from high altitudes. The MAD instrument-equipped HAAWC ALA drone will add to the new P-8A's ASW capabilities.

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La Marine indienne va commander 4 avions de patrouille maritime Boeing P-8I supplémentaires après sa 1ère livraison de 8

La Marine indienne va commander 4 avions de patrouille maritime Boeing P-8I supplémentaires après sa 1ère livraison de 8 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI: The Indian Navy is likely to order four more P-81 long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft from American firm Boeing which delivered the sixth plane today as part of an eight-aircraft contract worth over Rs 12,000 crore.
The sixth aircraft landed at INS Rajali in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu at about 4 PM today.
The eight-aircraft deal was signed in 2009 and as per the agreement, three each were to be delivered in 2013 and 2014 and two in 2015.
"The delivery schedule has been on time," a navy source said, adding that the force might go in for the option clause in the contract under which it can order four more.
The P-8I, based on the Boeing next-generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that the US Navy uses.
India was Boeing's first international customer for this aircraft.
The aircraft features open system architecture, advanced sensors and display technologies.
It is equipped with foreign and indigenous sensors for maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine operations and electronic intelligence missions.
It is integrated with latest sensors and anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons.

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Accord avec les Etats-Unis : l’Australie lance l’acquisition des P-8 Poseidon

Accord avec les Etats-Unis : l’Australie lance l’acquisition des P-8 Poseidon | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it
Le ministère australien de la Défense a conclu un premier accord avec les États-Unis pour l’acquisition des quatre premiers exemplaires des avions de patrouille maritime P-8A Poseidon de Boeing. Les P-8A équiperont la Royal Australian Air Force et remplaceront progressivement les AP-3C Orion dans les missions de patrouille maritime, de lutte ASM et de recherche et de sauvetage.

L’Australie avait confirmé son intention d’acquérir huit P-8A en février dernier, avec une option pour quatre appareils supplémentaires. Le contrat est estimé à 3,6 milliards de dollars. Le premier avion devrait être livré en 2017.
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L'Australie veut une intégration du missile anti-navires Harpoon Block 1G sur les avions de patrouille maritime P-8A

L'Australie veut une intégration du missile anti-navires Harpoon Block 1G sur les avions de patrouille maritime P-8A | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Negotiations have commenced between Boeing and the US Department of Defense to secure integration of the AGM-84 Harpoon Block 1G anti-ship missile with the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, on behalf of the type’s Australian customer.

Canberra announced in February it had approved the acquisition of eight P-8As for the Royal Australian Air Force, plus four options.

Australia has maintained a co-operative programme with the US Navy on the development of the P-8A since 2007. The Boeing 737-derived platform and an as-yet undetermined number of Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft will replace the RAAF’s 18 Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orions from 2017.

As detailed in a 24 July Pentagon notification, the DoD suggests the work required on the Harpoon Block 1G is largely related to integrating the weapon with the P-8A’s combat system software. The work includes “developing, lab and aircraft testing, evaluating and implementing the updates to the aircraft hardware and software configuration”.

Block 1G is an upgraded development of the AGM-84D Block 1C variant, which entered service in 1997.

The improvement incorporates an enhanced seeker and the capability to reattack a target if required, and is available on AGM-84 air, RGM-84 ship or UGM-84 submarine-launched variants of the munition, all of which are fielded by Australia.

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Les britanniques s'entraînent sur le P-8 et avec le MQ-4C Triton...en attendant la revue stratégique de Défense 2015

Les britanniques s'entraînent sur le P-8 et avec le MQ-4C Triton...en attendant la revue stratégique de Défense 2015 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Twenty UK military personnel are currently working with the US Navy’s Boeing 737-based P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft, with several of these also set to receive training on the service’s remotely-piloted Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans Anna Soubry says 32 UK personnel are embedded with the maritime patrol aircraft capabilities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

Of these, 12 are with units flying variants of the Lockheed P-3 Orion for the air forces of Australia (two), Canada (six) and New Zealand (four). The remainder of the personnel deployed as part of the MoD’s “Seedcorn” initiative are working with P-8 units at NAS Jacksonville in Florida (11) and NAS Patuxent River in Maryland (nine), Soubry says.

While UK personnel are retaining key maritime surveillance skills via the multi-year Seedcorn programme, they are also gaining experience in the use of advanced unmanned air systems, Soubry reveals.

One officer at the USN’s Patuxent River test site has already been qualified on the Boeing/Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAS, while “four are scheduled to train on the MQ-4C Triton during June-August 2014”, she says. Also referred to as the Integrator, the former is a more capable design than the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle air vehicle now being used by the Royal Navy under an urgent operational requirement deal signed with Boeing Defence UK.

Two test examples of the Triton – a development of the high-altitude, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk platform – are due to arrive at the Maryland base within the coming months, with the US service expecting the system to achieve initial operational capability during 2017. Australia in mid-March also confirmed its intention to acquire the MQ-4C to operate alongside its future P-8 aircraft.

The question of whether to acquire a replacement UK maritime patrol aircraft capability is likely to be a key part of the nation’s next Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will be conducted in 2015.

Soubry was responding to a parliamentary question by Angus Robertson MP, whose Moray constituency includes Kinloss: the former home of the Royal Air Force’s BAE Systems Nimrod MR2 fleet. The last of these were retired four years ago, while the replacement Nimrod MRA4 programme was cancelled in October 2010.

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DefExpo 2014 : présentation du nouvel avion de patrouille maritime Boeing P-8 (version P-8I pour l'Inde)

Boeing's David Robinson takes us through the operations of the Indian Navy P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft and explains why he thinks India could acquire up to 27 of these aircraft.

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Le Commandant de la 7ème Flotte est impressionné par les performances de son nouvel avion PATMAR P-8A Poseidon

Le Commandant de la 7ème Flotte est impressionné par les performances de son nouvel avion PATMAR P-8A Poseidon | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, 7th Fleet, flew over Japan with Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 in the Navy’s newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, Jan. 9 and praised the crew for their mission skills and hard work.

The “War Eagles” of VP 16 are making their inaugural deployment with six P-8As in support of 7th Fleet maritime domain awareness efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. According to Thomas, the P-8A deployment brings increased capability to 7th Fleet’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force.

“I am extremely impressed with VP-16 and the P-8A Poseidon’s performance during their inaugural deployment to Seventh Fleet,” Thomas said. “Across every mission set, from anti-submarine warfare to maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), P-8A capability represents a significant improvement over the P-3C, providing the opportunity to detect, track and report on more targets than ever before. This continues to be validated throughout the course of the aircraft’s time here. I had the opportunity to fly with the squadron and witnessed their capabilities firsthand . . . this aircraft is a game changer.”

The P-8A is the most advanced long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true multi-mission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime ISR capability. Built on the proven Boeing 737 airframe, the transition to P-8A brings with it enhanced safety and reduced maintenance. The P-8A is significantly quieter than the P-3C, requires less maintenance, and provides more on-station time. The P-8A remains fully interoperable with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s P-3C force.

The new P-8A Poseidon is part of the Navy’s commitment to the Pacific rebalanced, bringing latest technology to 7th Fleet to ensure the U.S. is best postured to honor its security commitments to regional security and stability.

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La Flotte du Pacifique va recevoir les plates-formes et équipements de pointe de l'US Navy

La Flotte du Pacifique va recevoir les plates-formes et équipements de pointe de l'US Navy | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The U.S. military is deploying the newest and best equipment, weapons and human resources into the Asia-Pacific region to fight against regional security threats, indicating the region's immensely importance to the interests of the United States, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris said Friday.

Harris, who was promoted to admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2013, paid his first visit to South Korea following his trip to Japan.

"We are putting the best equipment we have forward in the Pacific before we send them anywhere else," Yonhap news agency quoted Harris as saying.

The admiral said the U.S. Navy will soon replace the P-3C Orion with the newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, for its first deployment in Japan.

Besides, the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer will join in the Pacific Fleet and the Littoral Combat Ship will rotate near Singapore. MH-60 maritime helicopters and Virginia-class attack submarines in Hawaii are also on the list of latest weapons.

Harris called this move as a "physical manifestation" and said the U.S. government's budget cut on the military policy will not affect its rebalance commitment toward Asia and the Pacific.

"Maintaining stability, peace and prosperity is what the U.S. rebalance to the Pacific is all about. And a key component to that policy is strengthening our regional alliances and partnerships," said Harris.

He said he is committed to deepening the maritime element of their defense relationships with all of their regional allies and partners, adding that his visit to Seoul was to reassure their South Korean partner of the rebalancing to the Pacific.

Harris also noted that the U.S. army is keeping a close eye on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), pledging strong joint deterrence capabilities to deter threats by the DPRK with missiles and nuclear weapons.

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Boeing livre un 21ème P-8A Poseidon à l'US Navy

Boeing livre un 21ème P-8A Poseidon à l'US Navy | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Boeing a livré le 21ème avion de patrouille maritime P-8A Poseidon. L’appareil a quitté le site de l’avionneur américain à Seattle le 8 janvier pour rejoindre la base aéronavale de Jacksonville, en Floride. Il y commencera sa carrière avec d’autres P8-A affectés à l’entrainement des équipages appelés à mettre en œuvre ce nouvel aéronef.

Alors que le Poseidon est officiellement en service depuis novembre 2013, Boeing a livré l’an dernier huit avions, conformément au planning fixé par l’US Navy. Celle-ci compte désormais deux escadrons de P-8A. Après un premier déploiement au Japon l’an dernier, au cours duquel le VP 16 a réalisé 600 sorties et 3500 heures de vol, le VP 5 conduit actuellement un second déploiement au pays du soleil levant, où les appareils opèrent en soutien à la 7ème flotte.

Destiné à remplacer la flotte de P-3C Orion, le programme Poseidon a été lancé en 2004, l’USS Navy ayant pour objectif d’acquérir 117 appareils. Pour l’heure, 53 ont été commandés à Boeing.

Conçu à partir de l’avion de ligne 737-800, le P-8A mesure 38.56 mètres de long pour 38.8 mètres d’envergure, sa masse maximale au décollage étant de 83.5 tonnes. Il peut assurer des missions de lutte antinavire et anti-sous-marine, ainsi que la surveillance et le contrôle de grands espaces maritimes. Armé par un équipage de 9 hommes, le nouveau biréacteur de la marine américaine est conçu pour la mise en oeuvre de missiles Harpoon et SLAM-ER, ainsi que de torpilles Mk50 et Mk54. Il est également prévu pour opérer avec les nouveaux drones aériens MQ-4C Triton.

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Accord obtenu par les Etats-Unis pour un site de déploiement d'avions de patrouille maritime P-8 en Malaisie

Accord obtenu par les Etats-Unis pour un site de déploiement d'avions de patrouille maritime P-8 en Malaisie | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

ARLINGTON, Va. — Malaysia has offered the use of a base in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo to the United States as a site for detachments of Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Speaking Sept. 8 about the Asia-Pacific strategic rebalance to an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM Jonathan W. Greenert said that “recently, the Malaysians have offered us to fly detachments of P-8s out of East Malaysia. You can see the closeness to the South China Sea. So we have opportunities and we ought to continue to nurture them.”

A staging site in East Malaysia would enable the Navy’s maritime patrol aircraft easier access for operating over the South China Sea and shipping lanes such as the Strait of Malacca and the Sunda Strait, through which much of the world’s commerce passes.

Malaysia allowed Navy P-8A and P-3C aircraft to operate from West Malaysia during the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8. The Malaysian government expressed appreciation to the United States for its response.

The South China Sea has been a region of increased tensions in recent years because of competing claims over islands and shoals where mineral resources may exist and because of the Chinese naval build-up, particularly the submarine base on Hainan. There have been several incidents at sea involving Chinese coast guard ships and U.S. Navy warships and ocean surveillance ships and aircraft in international waters off China. The most recent involved a Chinese J-11 fighter flying dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8A over the South China Sea in late August.

Greenert stressed the “need to build a constructive relationship with China,” but said that the U.S. Navy would not be deterred from exercising international rights of navigation.

“I don’t think this air incident should define the relationship, but it should be noted,” he said. “There is a norm for aircraft entities to operate safely. We will continue to operate in international airspace.” 

Greenert was addressing the importance of partnerships in keeping the sea lanes open and maintaining a strong defense posture in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We’ll be staying in the South China Sea and we’ll be staying in the East China Sea,” he said.
“Our [primary] focus in the region is on improved interoperability. We’ll remain a strong navy to our allies and partners.”

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US Navy : 1er tir d'essai de missile anti-navire AGM-84D Harpoon depuis le nouvel avion de patrouile maritime P-8A

US Navy : 1er tir d'essai de missile anti-navire AGM-84D Harpoon depuis le nouvel avion de patrouile maritime P-8A | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Patrol Squadron (VP)-45 Combat Aircrew Four (CAC)-4 recently completed the first P-8A Coordinated Time on Top (CTOT) AGM-84D live missile shot with a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) P-3C crew during RIMPAC 2014. The missile shot was comprised of a P-8A-launched AGM-84D Harpoon missile and a JMSDF P-3C- launched ATM-84D Harpoon telemetry missile. The result was a successful strike against a surface target – with both missiles arriving simultaneously.

The challenging exercise displayed the P-8A Poseidon’s ability to coordinate with a foreign asset to deliver air-to-surface missiles on a target.

On the 24th anniversary of the RIMPAC exercise, the P-8A Poseidon showcased its abilities in joint anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance scenarios. The VP-45 Pelicans joined a coalition of 22 participant countries and six observer countries that worked together to execute RIMPAC 2014, a massive training evolution involving 48 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel.

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L'US Navy, Raytheon et Boeing ont commencé des essais en vol de l'Advanced Airborne Sensor sur le P-8A Poseidon

L'US Navy, Raytheon et Boeing ont commencé des essais en vol de l'Advanced Airborne Sensor sur le P-8A Poseidon | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was recently spotted at the Boeing headquarter's in Seattle conducting tests (including flight tests) with Raytheon's Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) fitted under the aircraft. Based on the existing AN/APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), the AAS is designed to detect moving targets both on the surface of water and on land.

LSRS is currently operational on U.S. Navy P-3C Orions. According to Raytheon, the AAS will provide airborne radar surveillance with next-generation line-of-site capability.

According to several sources, the AAS/Poseidon combo would provide the U.S. Navy with a capability similar to the US Air Force's dedicated E-8 Joint STARS platform. It is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces.

Link to P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft technical datasheet

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L'Australie va faire l'acquisition de 8 avions de patrouille maritime P-8A de Boeing

L'Australie va faire l'acquisition de 8 avions de patrouille maritime P-8A de Boeing | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The federal government is set to spend up to $7 billion to buy eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon long range maritime patrol aircraft to replace the RAAF's ageing AP-3C Orion aircraft.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the purchase on Friday after inspecting a US Navy P-8A aircraft in Canberra.

He said eight of the Boeing aircraft would be acquired with an option for four more, to replace the Orion fleet due for withdrawal around 2019.

They will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

The initial eight aircraft will cost $4 billion, with the additional funds including other technology.

Mr Abbott said the aircraft would be at the heart of Australia's surveillance and maritime strike capacity for decades to come.

'This is a very important defence acquisition. It has been quite a long time coming but now we are going ahead,' he said.

The first aircraft would be operational in 2017 and all eight would be operational by 2021.

In 2007, the government gave initial approval to acquire the Poseidon, an aircraft based on the widely-used Boeing 737 airliner and which is now replacing Orions in US Navy service.

Australia initially contributed $150 million to join the P-8A development program, subsequently adding a further $100 million.

The RAAF operates 19 Lockheed AP-3C Orions which entered service in the mid-1980s.

In Australian service, the new Poseidons will operate in conjunction with Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft.

Patrick H. 's insight:

8 avions PATMAR P-8A à ajouter aux 7 drones HALE de surveillance maritime MQ-4C Triton récemment annoncés :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4016050572/2014/02/16/l-australie-se-dirige-finalement-vers-l-acquisition-de-7-drones-de-surveillance-maritime-mq-4c-triton

On en revient donc à l'organisation de la surveillance maritime envisagée avant juillet 2013 et remise en question par une nouvelle réflexion stratégique à l'été dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4004973777/2013/07/21/l-australie-envisage-d-acheter-plus-d-avions-p-8a-de-patrouille-maritime-et-moins-de-drones-mq-4c-bams

On notera toutefois qu'il y a une option sur 4 P-8A supplémentaires pour l'avenir...


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Selon un rapport du bureau des essais du Pentagone, le nouveau PATMAR P-8A a encore des défauts de performances à corriger

Selon un rapport du bureau des essais du Pentagone, le nouveau PATMAR P-8A a encore des défauts de performances à corriger | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

A new Boeing Co. surveillance aircraft deployed to Japan last month isn’t yet effective at hunting submarines or performing reconnaissance over large areas -- two of its main missions, the Pentagon’s weapons tester found.

Flaws in the $35 billion program included the plane’s radar performance, sensor integration and data transfer, Michael Gilmore, chief of the Pentagon testing office, wrote in his annual report on major weapons, which has yet to be released. He said the new P-8A Poseidon exhibited “all of the major deficiencies” identified in earlier exercises when subjected to more stressful realistic combat testing from September 2012 to March 2013.

“Many of these deficiencies” led Gilmore to determine that the P-8A “is not effective for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission and is not effective for wide area anti-submarine search,” he said in a section of the report obtained by Bloomberg News. The Navy plans to conduct additional testing “to verify the correction of some deficiencies,” he wrote.

Gilmore’s conclusions suggest the initial aircraft in the program -- which packs a modified Boeing 737-800 with radar and sensors -- aren’t ready for deployment. Among its primary missions is tracking Chinese submarines. Six of the planes have been deployed to Japan supporting 7th Fleet maritime patrol operations at Naval Air Facility Atsugi as part of the U.S. strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the 7th Fleet, said in a Jan. 10 press release that the aircraft “represents a significant improvement” over the older P-3 Orion from Lockheed Martin Corp., “providing the opportunity to detect, track and report on more targets than ever before.”

Chicago-based Boeing last month delivered the 13th of what’s to be a 113-aircraft program. The Navy in November declared the aircraft ready for combat deployment after determining the criteria for performing effective patrols “were fully met,” Lieutenant Caroline Hutcheson, a Navy spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview.

Gilmore spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said the test office concluded the aircraft was effective in providing small-area searches similar to the P-3C Orion it’s replacing.

The aircraft also is effective in conducting “unarmed anti-surface warfare missions,” and its radar and supporting sensors “provide an effective, all-weather surface target search,” she said in an e-mailed statement.

Gilmore’s office also concluded the airframe is reliable, offering “significant improvements in hardware reliability, maintainability and availability” over the P-3C, she said. Overall, the Boeing system “provides increased range, payload and speed,” she said.

Gilmore’s report said the recent realistic combat testing confirmed earlier results on flaws in the P-8’s radar “and revealed the operational implications of the radar’s limitations for some targets.” It said details are classified. Raytheon Co. makes the ocean and land-surveillance radar.

Deficiencies with on-board electronics to detect enemy anti-aircraft radar “limited threat detection” while “seriously degrading capabilities and aircraft survivability across all major missions,” the report found. Northrop Grumman Corp makes the “Electronic Support Measures” equipment.

Elzea said the Navy is conducting additional testing “to evaluate several system technical improvements” that will be assessed by Gilmore’s office “as they are delivered.”

The Navy has plans for fielding two sets of aircraft upgrades to “improve anti-submarine warfare capability over several years” and has developed “an adequate test and evaluation master plan” to evaluate improvements, she said.

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Le nouvel avion de patrouille maritime US P-8A Poseidon déployé pour la 1ère fois à Okinawa au Japon

Le nouvel avion de patrouille maritime US P-8A Poseidon déployé pour la 1ère fois à Okinawa au Japon | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The inaugural deployment of the P-8A Poseidon will begin Friday when the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 depart Mayport, Fla., for Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

VP-16 returned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville from its last P-3C Orion deployment in June 2012 and began the transition into the new airframe the next month. The squadron completed the transition in January and has been preparing for the deployment ever since.

The squadron will deploy with six aircraft and 12 aircrews. However, the crews will be smaller than those flying P-3s, as each only has nine people instead of 11. One of those cuts was the enlisted flight engineer, which the Navy decided was expendable due to technology upgrades. The job can now be fulfilled by the two pilots, aided by high-tech avionics.

The P-8 is the first new maritime patrol aircraft to enter Navy service in over 50 years. Building on the experience from the half century of flying the P-3, the P-8 brings to the plate a greater payload capacity, higher operating altitude, and its technology can be easily upgraded as capabilities improve, officials say.

The deployment begins the era of the P-8, as the “Mad Foxes” of VP-5 have completed their transition in August and will deploy in mid-2014. They will be followed by the “Pelicans” of VP-45, who started their P-8 transition July 15.

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