The US Navy has been successfully testing the advanced airborne sensor (AAS), on P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
The testing will demonstrate the ability of the P-8A and AAS to operate safely and effectively, while allowing for production decisions and moving closer to its initial deployment.
The AAS is an integrated intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) asset with mast and periscope detection (MPD).
Designated as APS-154, the AAS is an externally mounted radar and a follow-on system to the currently deployed littoral surveillance radar system (LSRS).
The LSRS offers a wide range of capabilities against moving and stationary targets at sea and on land.
Designed to enhance war-fighting effectiveness, the AAS provides combatant commanders with situational awareness, as well as information across all campaign phases.
In addition, the sensor offers on-demand and actionable sensor data that helps in precision targeting against threats at sea and on land.
A derivative of Boeing's next-generation 737-800 commercial aircraft, the P-8A can be deployed for long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
The navy intends to use the P-8A to replace its ageing fleet of turbo-prop P-3 Orion aircraft. Approximately 117 P-8A MMA aircraft are expected to be purchased by the navy.
Image: The US Navy testing APS-154 on P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Naval Air Systems Command.