The second of the UK’s new P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has landed in Scotland.
ZP802, The ‘City of Elgin’, landed at Kinloss just before 11am this morning say the Royal Air Force.
Another significant step taken on our MPA journey. ZP802 ‘City of Elgin’ landed at Kinloss just before 11am this morning doubling our Poseidon fleet. Exciting times! pic.twitter.com/r7KOtDEucs
— P-8A Poseidon RAF (@P8A_PoseidonRAF) March 13, 2020
The P-8 Poseidon, developed by Boeing, is designed to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction, along with an electronic signals intelligence (ELINT) role. This involves carrying torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and other weapons.
The history of the aircraft dates back to June 2004, when the US Navy announced the selection of the Boeing multimission maritime aircraft, 737 MMA, and awarded a contract to Boeing for the system development and demonstration phase of the programme for the US Navy’s next-generation maritime surveillance aircraft. The aircraft was given the designation P-8A in March 2005.
Poseidon contains up to 7 crew computer consoles in its cabin, has an electro-optical and infrared sensor turret, a maritime surveillance radar and signal intelligence system. Its radar is capable of detection, classification and identification of ships, small vessels and surfaced submarines.
It also has coastal surveillance capability meaning that the Poseidon can be used for search and rescue operations.
The UK has procured 9 of the aircraft.