The final P-8 Poseidon to be built for Britain, the ninth of nine, has now landed at the aircraft’s new home in Scotland.
The RAF describe the P-8 as “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.”
Aircraft number nine was spotted on approach to RAF Lossiemouth this morning.
The last of nine P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, registration ZP809, is about to land in Scotland after flying from Boeing's facility in Seattle to @RAFLossiemouth for delivery. pic.twitter.com/DNwl6YC2TX
— George Allison (@geoallison) January 11, 2022
Seven of the nine aircraft have also now been named.
- ZP801 “Pride of Moray”
- ZP802 “City of Elgin”
- ZP803 “Terence Bulloch DSO*DFC”
- ZP804 “Spirit of Reykjavik”
- ZP805 “Fulmar”
- ZP806 “Guernsey’s Reply”
- ZP807 “William Barker VC”
The names of the last two, including this aircraft, have yet to be revealed.
The RAF Poseidon fleet, now nine aircraft, is already providing maritime patrol capabilities working side-by-side with the Royal Navy and other Allies to secure the seas around the UK and abroad.
“The Poseidon’s 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 aircraft’s weapons system includes torpedoes for engaging sub-surface targets.”
201 Squadron operates the Poseidon in the anti-submarine warfare role from RAF Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth in Scotland.