Secretive Radar for Future Navy Patrol Plane


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p-pod-jpeg.jpgThe Navy’s new P-8 patrol plane, like the 40-year-old P-3 it’s replacing, began as a submarine hunter. Over time, the old P-3 picked up ground-surveillance missions using special radars, including the Littoral Surveillance Radar System.

To make sure the P-8 hits the ground running in 2013, the Navy is giving it a similar radar, too — and now I have art, thanks to a Boeing insider. (Pictured.)

So what will this radar do? Last year Bill Sweetman explained:

LSRS is designed to provide targeting-grade tracking of moving targets on land and at sea. In September, one of the LSRS P-3s supported a test of the Navy/Boeing SLAM-ER missile against a moving target, a simulated SA-10 missile launcher, at China Lake; follow-on tests were to use the same combination of systems against a maneuvering ground target. In 2010, LSRS is due to support a large-scale Joint Surface Warfare (JSuW) demonstration, providing targeting updates to air- and ship-launched weapons ranging from JDAMs to Harpoons.

Tracking maneuvering ground targets is something the Air Force wanted to do with its E-10 radar plane, but the E-10 got canceled years ago in favor of more fighters. So now the Navy is picking up the mission. Remember what I said a few months back … that these days the Navy is a better air force than the Air Force?


9 Responses to “Secretive Radar for Future Navy Patrol Plane”

  1. NTV says:

    Isnt the E-10′s MP-RTIP radar going to be installed on some of the JSTARS, as well as the Global Hawk?

  2. David Axe says:


    That’s the plan, I think. We’ll see if it ever happens.

  3. NTV says:

    Yes, of course we will see if it happens. The same way will see if the it ever happens for the Navy. The fact is when the E-10 went away, the radar didnt.

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  5. Geshak says:

    Понравилась статья.Буду следить за комментами….

  6. stuart goldhawk says:

    Love this site, it amazes me how they have adapted this plane. I am a big fan of the Boeing – 737 and i have watched it’s transformation over the years. But this is something different. I am curentley building a
    737 throttle and am detailing all the info i can get.

  7. Автор, можно с вами познакомиться?

  8. Прикольно у вас диз сделан, это бесплатный шаблон или где-то делалил?

  9. John Brown says:

    What hell does CIA use the planes for besides military ops? Has Oliver North and cocaine smells coming out it’s fuselage.

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