The Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the newest addition to the P-8A Poseidon fleet, City of Elgin ZP802. The aircraft which landed at Kinloss Barracks marks the second to be received whilst the runway and facilities at RAF Lossiemouth are being renovated. This renovation will allow the Poseidon fleet to fully operate from RAF Lossiemouth and provide maritime patrol capabilities for the RAF.
Boeings P-8A Poseidon is a multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, equipped with sensors and weapons systems for anti-submarine warfare, as well as surveillance and search and rescue missions.
The P-8As comprehensive mission system features an APY-10 radar with modes for high-resolution mapping, an acoustic sensor system, including passive and multi-static sonobuoys, electro-optical/IR turret and electronic support measures (ESM). This equipment delivers comprehensive search and tracking capability, while the aircrafts weapons system includes torpedoes for engaging sub-surface targets.
Screen grab from video shows Royal Air Force Typhoons deployed in Lithuania carrying out mock air attacks to test the defences of NATO warships operating in the Baltic Sea. The RAF Typhoons from 6 Sqn are currently based at iauliai Air Base in Lithuania, with 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, to primarily conduct the NATO Air Policing mission. In addition to [Read More …]
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 26, 2020) Two Russian Su-35 aircraft unsafely intercept a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet over the Mediterranean Sea May 26, 2020. The intercept was determined to be unsafe and unprofessional due to the Russian pilots taking close station on each wing of the P-8A simultaneously, restricting the P-8A’s ability to safely maneuver, and [Read More …]