Boeing P-8A Poseidon makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise

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Over to you Minister, we'll have 6 please.







P-8A makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise
By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 7, 2012 19:18:47 EST


Swooping low over the aircraft carrier Enterprise, the Navy’s newest jet looks every bit a war craft, with little to belie its commercial airliner lineage or current test missions.

The P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft apparently made its first appearance in an operational, fleet exercise Feb. 3 when it began flying sorties in support of Exercise Bold Alligator, the largest amphibious exercise in a decade, now taking place along the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina.

The P-8A flew 20 missions in support of the Enterprise and its strike group, and another 14 sorties operating with the amphibious strike group and Marine expeditionary forces, according to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

That’s a departure from the extensive P-8A flight test programs being flown by Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons 1 and 20 (VX-1 and VX-20) from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

Sporting a spiffy sinking submarine logo on its tail, the VX-1 P-8A photographed from the Enterprise is known as “T-6,” the last of six test and evaluation aircraft delivered to the Navy by Boeing. It was accepted by the Navy and arrived at Pax River on Jan. 17, said LaToya Graddy, a spokesperson for Naval Air Systems Command.

The aircraft also will be used in upcoming operational test exercises set to begin this summer, she added.

The P-8 is under development by the Navy to replace the venerable, turbo-prop P-3 Orion.


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#3
Let's just buy 20. Straight of the production run, no ******* about. Give them to the Fleet Air Arm. Job's a good UN.
 
#10
Why do we need it. Nimrod must have another 50 years in it with a bit of TLC.
 
#13
We should have made our own version based on Concorde, they don't like it up 'em!
 
#15
It's a Squeezy Jet with a Navy paint job? No way they'll buy them when we have Airbus.
And care to name an AIRBUS MPA that…

a. Exists outside of a PowerPoint presentation

b. Uses the same mission systems suite as the now scrapped Nimrod MRA4?
 
#16
Nimrod MR4 had a 6,000nm range and we were to have 21.

This has a 1,100nm range and we may get 6.

It's sometimes depressing in HM forces. This is the thin end of the wedge.
 
#17
Nimrod MR4 had a 6,000nm range and we were to have 21.

This has a 1,100nm range and we may get 6.

It's sometimes depressing in HM forces. This is the thin end of the wedge.


That's exactly 1,100nm and 4 hours on station longer than our Nimrods MRA4's can do…
 
#19
And care to name an AIRBUS MPA that…

a. Exists outside of a PowerPoint presentation

b. Uses the same mission systems suite as the now scrapped Nimrod MRA4?
Irrelevant, politically it would be poison to buy Boeing 737's with Airbus available on or doorstep. Doesn't matter if it's anorther Nimrod AEW spinning bow tie in the making.
 
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Irrelevant, politically it would be poison to buy Boeing 737's with Airbus available on or doorstep. Doesn't matter if it's anorther Nimrod AEW spinning bow tie in the making.
AIRBUS MPA does not exist. ANy future MPA we buy will be an OTS solution - we've done the blue sky bit and turned it into £4 Billion quids worth of high grade alluminium scrap.

Now, about 'poison' to buy Boeings with AIRBUS next door…

We have Boeing E-3's, Boeing C-17's
 

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