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Maritime Patrol Aircraft–From Hunting Submarines to Multi Mission ...

Maritime Patrol Aircraft–From Hunting Submarines to Multi Mission ...

Maritime Patrol Aircraft–From Hunting Submarines to Multi Mission

FOCUS Maritime Patrol Aircraft–From Hunting Submarines to Multi Mission Capable by M Hanif Ismail Maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) post-World War II were primarily designed for long-range patrol to hunt down enemy submarines. However, their role has evolved in the late 1990s to early 21st century to include carrying out surveillance of the battlespace, either at sea, or even over land. This is especially apparent in military operations post-Sept 11, where maritime patrol aircraft of the US and its allies were used as battlespace surveillance aircraft, providing information to ground troops, taking advantage of their long range and long loiter time capability. Even as it transitions from submarine hunter to multi-mission capable aircraft, the MPA still retains its maritime roots, as even the newest multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft are still designed to be able to undertake anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) roles. The key to a modern maritime patrol aircraft is flexibility, which very much depends on its mission systems, software, communication and growth potential. A number of Asian countries are looking to upgrade their current fleet of maritime patrol aircraft to reflect these changing roles, and several are looking to procure next generation maritime patrol aircraft altogether to replace their older maritime patrol aircraft currently in service. ADJ looks at several next generation maritime patrol aircraft currently in the market or in development. P-8A Poseidon The P-8A Poseidon from Boeing IDS is a longrange anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft is designed with an advanced mission system to ensure maximum interoperability in future battlespace. The P-8A Poseidon is capable of broad-area maritime, and littoral operations, and its introduction will influence how the US Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces train, operate and deploy in the future. The P-8A Poseidon is designed to be a true multi-mission platform. Onboard P-8A, all sensors contribute to a single fused tactical situation display, which is then shared over both military standard and internet protocol data links, which allows for seamless delivery of information amongst US and coalition forces. The P-8A is an armed platform, so it can independently close the kill chain, while simultaneously providing data to everyone on the network. The aircraft has internal five-station weapons bay, four wing pylons, two centreline pylons, all of which are supported by digital stores management allowing for carriage of joint missiles, torpedoes and mines. The P-8A is equipped with rotary reloadable, pneumatically controlled sonobuoy launcher. The P-8A Poseidon 20 ADJ December 2009 P-8A Poseidon has a nine-person crew, dual-pilot cockpit and five mission crew (plus relief pilot and in-flight technician). The aircraft is equipped with workstations with universal multi-function displays, as well as ready accommodation for additional workstation, workload sharing. The P-8A is a derivative of the successful and reliable Next-Generation 737. The P-8A has the fuselage of a 737-800 and the wings of a 737-900. The P-8A is being developed by a Boeing-led team that consists of CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, GE Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems. Boeing provides the expertise in customising military and commercial products for maritime forces, and is completing the final assembly of the P-8A in Renton, Washington. CFM International supplies the CFM56-7 engine that powers the P-8A, while Northrop Grumman provides the directional infrared countermeasures system and the electronic support measures system. Raytheon provides the upgraded AN/ APY-10 maritime surveillance radar and signals intelligence solutions, while GE Aviation supplies flight-management and stores-management systems. Spirit AeroSystems builds the 737 aircraft’s fuselage and airframe tail sections and struts. Boeing was awarded the contract to develop the P-8A for the US Navy on June 14, 2004, which plans to purchase 117 P-8As, with the first test aircraft to be delivered in 2009. Initial operational capability is scheduled for 2013. Boeing was selected in January 2009 to provide eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and antisubmarine warfare aircraft to the Indian Navy, the first international customer for the P-8. Interest for the P-8A has been expressed by many countries including Australia and Italy and Boeing is looking at numerous other opportunities for international sales to countries currently operating P-3s and other similar MPAs. Boeing IDS

Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market Overview and Forecast by Application to 2021 by Radiant Insights,Inc