Navy improves P-8A surveillance plane, drone integration
The Navy is modernizing software for its Boeing P-8A multi-mission maritime surveillance aircraft to improve Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare and operational integration with unmanned systems service officials said.
The P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft was first engineered for the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) to replace the P-3 Orion aircraft after it had been in use for 50 years.
The P-8A carries out intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (IRS) using the AN/APY-10 Raytheon radar system, which provides detailed imaging of land, marine, and littoral zones, and has the unique ability to detect briefly surfaced submarine periscopes.
According to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the aircraft also carries torpedoes and cruise missiles, as well as sonobuoys, which are deposited into the water and use sonar technology to locate submarines.
“The P-8A Poseidon system sustains and improves
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