Jan 24, 2014
Boeing Surveillance Plane Not Yet Effective, according Pentagon
The Boeing P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft deployed to Japan last month isn’t yet effective at hunting submarines or performing reconnaissance over large areas, the Pentagon’s weapons tester found.
Flaws in the program included the plane’s radar performance, sensor integration and data transfer, chief of the Pentagon testing office, wrote in his annual report on major weapons, which has yet to be released. He said the new P-8A Poseidon exhibited “all of the major deficiencies” identified in earlier exercises when subjected to more stressful realistic combat testing from September 2012 to March 2013.
“Many of these deficiencies” led Pentagon to determine that the P-8A “is not effective for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission and is not effective for wide area anti-submarine search”. The Navy plans to conduct additional testing to verify the correction of some deficiencies.