Delivery flight of the US Navy's 13th P-8A, bearing serial number 440 (Image © Boeing)

Pentagon’s weapons expert: “P-8 is ineffective”

Delivery flight of the US Navy's 13th P-8A, bearing serial number 440 (Image © Boeing)
Delivery flight of the US Navy’s 13th P-8A, bearing serial number 440 (Image © Boeing)

The US Navy and Indian Navy new submarine hunter and maritime patrol aircraft, the Boeing P-8, is a total ineffective plane for its purpose. This rather astonishing quote comes from the Pentagon’s weapons test chief Michael Gilmore, reports Bloomberg’s Business Week.

According to the leaked out report the plane’s radar, its sensor integration and data transfer are all showing huge flaws. Despite positive remarks by the USN 7th Fleet commander about the the P-8 being better than the old Lockheed P-3 Orion, the Pentagon top official seems a lot more skeptic.

Saying there is nothing wrong with the P-8 a US Navy spokesperson did admit two upgrades are planned. Thirteen of the P-8A Poseidons, based on the Boeing 737-800 airliner, are already in service with the American navy. India received three similar P-8Is that are officially still in test phase.

The news makes one wonder what the changes are for the Poseidon Lite: an adapted Bombardier Challenger with even less capabilities than the P-8s apparently have.

Sources: Bloomberg / USN / Boeing

The 2nd Boeing P-8I for the Indian Navy taking-off from Boeing Field, Seattle, in November 2013 (Image © Boeing)
The 2nd Boeing P-8I for the Indian Navy taking-off from Boeing Field, Seattle, in November 2013 (Image © Boeing)

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