View post tag: MPA The US State Department has approved the potential sale of six P-8A patrol aircraft to the Republic of Korea under an estimated $2.1 billion contract.South Korea’s decision to pick Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon as its new maritime patrol aircraft was made known in June this year. The P-8A would replace the fleet of P-3C Orion MPAs which entered service in the 1990s.In addition to the six aircraft, the $2.1b figure includes multifunctional information distribution system joint tactical radio systems for each aircraft and tactical operations centers (TOC).Also included are GPS/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGIs), AN/AAR-54 missile warning sensors, commercial engines, tactical open mission software (TOMS), electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IO) MX-20HD, the AN/AAQ-2(V)1 acoustic system, AN/APY-10 radar, ALQ-240 electronic support measures, AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing system, in addition to support equipment and training and operations assistance.Should the deal be finalized, the Republic of Korea will become the seventh nation to operate the Boeing-built P-8A Poseidon, joining the US, Australia, the UK, Norway and India. New Zealand is the most recent P-8A customer, having announced a NZD2.346 billion contract for the acquisition of four aircraft in July this year.Boeing’s aircraft was selected over those proposed by Airbus and Saab who had also shown interest in the South Korean MPA contract.The P-8A is a derivative of a modified Boeing 737-800ERX airliner, featuring a high-bypass turbo fan jet engine with a fully connected, open architecture mission system. The armament of the Poseidon consists of five internal and six external stations for AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER, AGM-84 Harpoon, Mark 54 torpedo, and a High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon system among others.Development of the P-8A program was started in June 2004 when the US Navy selected the Boeing multimission maritime aircraft, 737 MMA, as the best successor to the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft View post tag: ROK Navy View post tag: Poseidon P-8A Photo: US Navy file photo of a P-8A Poseidon MPA Share this article
RelatedPosts Sheffield United sign McBurnie from Swansea in club record deal Crystal Palace land Jordan Ayew Mikel: Middlesbrough must keep fighting Semi Ajayi admits confidence in the Albion dressing room is sky-high but says his teammates know they must stave off complacency.The Baggies recorded a 5-1 triumph over Swansea City at The Hawthorns to extend their winning run to six games – their longest streak of victories in more than 15 years.And Ajayi, who joined the Club from Rotherham in the summer, hopes Albion can stay in fine form for as long as possible.“It’s definitely one of our best performances of the season,” he said. “We were very clinical, we controlled the game for the majority of it and we defended well apart from one sloppy set-piece so we can be pretty pleased with our day’s work.“It’s amazing when everything clicks, when the goals are flowing, when the passing is slick and the fans are right behind you, it’s really good. It is great for confidence, it’s what every footballer dreams of when they step on the pitch, so today was a very good day.“It’s good for confidence and morale that we are still winning and picking up three points and going into every game confident that we can continue the run. As long as we keep working hard and doing the things the manager wants us to day, hopefully this run can continue for much, much longer.”Ajayi sent the Baggies on their way with a 24th-minute header against the Swans but says his third goal of the season still leaves him behind schedule.“I am always hungry for more goals, if anything I am behind schedule,” he admitted.“I was aiming for double figures. It is good to get one today and hopefully I can get many more.“I think it was just instinctive. Me and Barts try to separate where we go, we don’t like to attack the same areas. We ended up being in two different areas, the first one fell to him and luckily he found me with the header and I managed to put it away but it was more instinct, I wouldn’t say we planned to do that.” Tags: RotherhamSwansea City
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