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Norway To Buy 5 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 is parked on the flight line of Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. US Navy Photo

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 is parked on the flight line of Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. US Navy Photo

Norway plans to buy five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to help monitor its extensive territorial waters amid a growing Russian submarine presence.

Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in a statement that the five P-8s will replace the nation’s current six P-3 Orion and three DA-20 Jet Falcon surveillance planes.

“P-8A Poseidon is a formidable platform for monitoring our oceans, and will provide both Norwegian and allied civil and military authorities with a sound basis for decisions,” according to an English translation of the Norwegian press release.
“To continue an MPA (maritime patrol aircraft) and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capability that can meet current and future challenges, the Government has submitted a proposal for acquiring five P-8A Poseidon for the Armed Forces. Beside the actual aircraft, the contract also includes modern sensors, surveillance systems, new anti submarine weapons and support systems.”

Norwegian Ministry of Defence spokesman Lars Gjemble told USNI News that the acquisition would need final approval from the Parliament, which is expected to vote in favor of the purchase in December. The press release notes that the P-8 acquisition falls in line with a Parliament-supported long-term defense plan.

Once lawmakers approve the sale and a contract is formalized, the planes would deliver around 2021 or 2022, according to the statement. The planes, plus additional intelligence equipment, would cost around 9.8 billion Crowns ($1.15 billion).

Norway’s long coastline includes the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea, with territorial waters being about seven times larger than the actual land area of the country, according to the statement. Though the Norwegian statement does not mention Russia specifically, former commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo III wrote in Proceedings earlier this year that Russia had conducted “extensive and frequent submarine patrols throughout the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea” as a part of a strategy to threaten nearly all of NATO’s maritime forces.

The Norwegian Defence Ministry statement also notes the planes would be used for search and rescue and “maritime counter-terrorist operations.”

  • Joey Joe-Joe Junior Shabadoo

    So, 5 replaces 9.

    • somone random

      We don’t really have the crew to operate them all anyways,last time there was a supposed sighting of a Russian submarine, it took them 3 hours to get them to the position, this trip would usually take 15 min if they had a operative crew. So new planes wont really fix everything, but it will help and you have half the problem solved, then you have the rest of it.

      • USNVO

        I would image the P-8 will have a better in service rate than the P-3 as well. It is also faster so it can get on station sooner and has AAR capability although I don’t believe the Norwegians have any tankers.

      • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

        Which is why 5 seems odd.
        Just like those 5 rather nice Janssen class frigates….. always at least 4 sitting by a pier.
        Waste of money unless put to use….. something that really should not be an issue for Norway being one of the richest nations on earth.

    • Horn

      Considering that the 3 DA-20s are single engine prop planes incapable of
      mounting weapons and with limited range, it’s more like 5 replaces 6.
      Past purchases by the Norwegians lead me to suspect that they will
      purchase a 6th later on down the line.

      • Beomoose

        Wrong DA-20, the Norwegians use a modified Dassault Falcon:

      • Bryan

        I believe the article misstated the aircraft type. A Falcon 20 is a twin jet. We have used them for quite some time in the USCG.

        • Horn

          That would make more sense. I couldn’t find anything on the DA-20 to show it was used there. Still, the DA-20s they use are for electronic warfare only. They don’t have any armament and thus aren’t used for ASW.

  • Centaurus

    I want 3 !

  • 5 for Norway, 9 for UK, barely enough to secure the North Sea and GIUK

  • RobM1981

    You know, we moan a lot about LCS and other things, but this platform seems to be settling in well. A few teething issues, which was to be expected, but it appears to be outgrowing those and turning into a long term, quality ASW platform…

    • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

      Well, the thing is…. it is very far from finished.

      The only reason it came in on time was by deleting its ASW sensor capabilities.

      This plane doesn’t have a ‘magnetic anomaly detector’….. well the Indians got a MAD as per their contract…. but no other country (including the USA) will have one!

      Sure it is bigger, but as an ASW platform it seems inferior.

  • deafndumb

    5 may be sufficient for peacetime but very inadequate if Russia sails its Northern Fleet out into the North Atlantic, especially as it may do so with some air support in the next decade. NATO is a ghost if Trump follows his campaign rhetoric., Norway’s military needs to integrate with the EU defense.