Norway receives first new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

Norway receives first new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

According to information published by the Norwegian Ministry of Defense on February 24, 2022, Norway’s first new P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft touched Norwegian ground for the first time.

The long-awaited arrival of the state-of-the-art maritime patrol aircraft, named “Viking”, marks a historic milestone. In total, Norway has bought five P-8 Poseidon aircraft. They will take over for today’s P-3 Orion and DA-20 in Norway.

 The Boeing P-8 Poseidon (formerly Multimission Maritime Aircraft) is a military aircraft developed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800ERX. It was developed for the United States Navy (USN).

The P-8 is being operated in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction roles.

It is armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and other weapons, and is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys, as well as operate in conjunction with other assets, including the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Source: navyrecognition

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