The P-8 Poseidon is one of the most awaited aircraft of the U.S. Navy. It is a maritime patrol aircraft and it finally showed its capabilities at the ongoing Rim of the Pacific exercises, flown by two air crews from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX)1.
Hailed to replace the 50 year old P-3C Orion, the P-8 Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft. Two P-8 Poseidon participated in 24 exercise events including routine test flights and simulated anti-submarine warfare. VX-1 officials said that the P-8 has extensive training requirement because of the complexity and speed of the aircraft. The RIMPAC provides a venue to meet these requirements since it has a wide and open airspace as well as a robust exercise schedule where the capabilities of the P-8 Poseidon can be fully displayed.
Lt. Cmdr. Chris Artis, VX-1 maintenance officer and integrated team pilot, compares the P-3C to the P-8, “While the P-3C Orion is a very forgiving aircraft and has served the fleet very well, the P-8A Poseidon is easier to fly, trims well, and handles flawlessly [at low altitude.] It’s easy to maneuver, and the situational awareness in the cockpit is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Getting used to the technology and the different displays can be a challenge, but overall it’s fun to fly.”
The RIMPAC is a bi-annual military exercise held at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. It is participated by 22 nations, including Japan and Australia. More than 200 aircraft, over 40 ships and submarines, and 25,000 personnel has joined the 23rd edition of the RIMPAC exercises.
News source: blogs.ottawacitizen.com