The fourth of nine Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft has completed test flights in the United States.
Good morning everyone!
To start the week off we thought we'd share a few shots of ZP804 returning from a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, USA.
Thanks to David Arce for these.
— RAF Lossiemouth (@RAFLossiemouth) November 2, 2020
Nine Poseidon MRA1 aircraft have been ordered, the first of which landed on British soil for the first time in February 2020.
“Since then, crews from CXX Squadron have been securing the seas over and around the United Kingdom on operational missions. 54 Squadron have also been training new pilots and weapons systems operators on the platform, as 400 additional military personnel will be joining Team Lossie in Moray to fly and operate the nine aircraft.
Poseidon is a hugely capable submarine hunter, able to locate, identify, and track potentially hostile submarines as they operate close to our waters. Its powerful radar is also able to detect and track surface vessels above the waves. It boasts a comprehensive communications suite which means the intelligence it gathers can be passed to commanders whether they are in the air, on a ship, on the ground, or back at RAF Lossiemouth.”
The aircraft will arrive in the UK later this year.