P-8A Deploys First Sonobuoys In Launch System Test
One of three P-8A test aircraft completed several sonobuoy
launches on Friday, October 15. This event marks the first time the
new Poseidon has launched sonobuoys since it began testing at NAS
Patuxent River this summer.
PA-8 Poseidon Navy photo
A total of six sonobuoys were involved in three low altitude
launches at the Atlantic Test Range. The range provides airspace
for safe operating clearance of test missions. Each P-8A employs a
rotary launch system that uses three launchers with the capacity to
hold 10 sonobuoys each and the capability of launching single and
multiple shots. The system can accommodate any sized sonobuoy and
the storage capacity of 120 is 50 percent greater than the P-3.
This event is just one integral part of the P-8A's overall
weapons system testing mission. Initial operating capability on the
P-8A is scheduled for 2013 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.