A VERY “INTIMATE VIEW” OF THE P-8 POSEIDON

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Aviation Photographer David Cherkasov agreed to share this incredibly detailed view of the Navy’s new multirole sub-hunter, sea control, attack and ISR aircraft, the P-8 Poseidon. Although the P-8 is based on the 737-800 airliner, it has been greatly modified to fulfill its multitude of military roles. Included in this shot are the aircraft’s additional electronic generators (lumps on motor nacelles), auxiliary cooling inlets, trap door FLIR turret, missile launch detectors, electronic service measures and integrated electronic warfare apertures, sonobuoy deployment tubes, DIRCM turret below the tail, outboard wing hard-points, and most notably its spacious weapons bay. If you can see anything else that should be listed comment below and I will add it to the list! I do have to say it is kind of sad that this new US Navy platform flew for an air show crowd and perspective customers in the Middle East (Dubai), yet one of the two customers it already has, the US tax payer (the other being India), has not seen it do such a pass at an air show…

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3 Responses to A VERY “INTIMATE VIEW” OF THE P-8 POSEIDON

  1. esmoore5 says:

    Looks like this aircraft is still suffering from a few teething problems.

    U.S. Navy’s new surveillance plane is full of flaws and not yet effective:

    http://theaviationist.com/tag/boeing-p-8-poseidon/

    Hopefully, thses issues will be resolved quickly.

  2. Mitchell Fuller says:

    Wow, great picture of the underside detail. Thanks for posting it Ty.

  3. esmoore5 says:

    Top Weapons Buyer Disputes P-8 Testing Woes:

    http://www.dodbuzz.com/2014/01/28/dods-top-weapons-buyer-disputes-p-8-audit/

    Maybe the situation with the P-8 isn’t as bad as some think.

    Either way, sub-hunting drones can help the P-8 with its mission:

    https://medium.com/war-is-boring/534fdb396f0

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