P-8 Launches Torpedo for the First Time

Check out this picture of the U.S. Navy’s P-8 subhunter launching a torpedo for the very first time. As you can see, the Mk 54 test torpedo was launched on Oct. 13 from the 737-based jet’s weapons bay (notice how the bay doors are open in the photo).

The test drop happened at about 500-feet above the water and was the first in a series of P-8 weapons tests meant to evaluate safe separation from the aircraft, delivery accuracy and weapon integration, according to NAVAIR.

It should be noted, that in addition to launching sonobouys and scanning the sea-surface with its APY-10 radar, the P-8 can also carry Harpoon anti-ship missiles and maybe even air-to-air missiles. (Its predecessor, the P-3 has carried, and used, Harpoon missiles, maverick air-to-ground missiles and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.)

Click here to read about Boeing’s pitch to make a modified P-8 into a giant, manned version of a hunter killer UAV.

  • mhmm…

    Are there at least sensors in that obscenely large vertical stabilizer?

  • Yep

    Whats the tail dragging? See it?

  • m167a1

    Really wish they had not deleted the MAD.

  • Tom Golder

    Nice big stabilizer back there- How about an EA-6b size reciever football and some Transmitters inside, a forty foot canoe radome would be easy to do!

  • jamesb

    Is Boeing gonna get this one right for once?

    He, he, he….

    How about a few for the Army to stuff more OFF THE SHELF Senors in?

    And NOT give up to the Air Force….

  • jamesb

    That IS a BIG Darn Vertical Stabilizer, eh?

    You guys saying that Dog can fight it’s way outta trouble air to air?

    • notjamesb

      Wait huh? Who said anything about air to air? I’m confused by you.

    • Riceball

      I’m sure that the Chinese would have you believe so considering that according to them, a P-3 (which the P-8 is replacing) could outmaneuver and cause a fighter to crash. If a prop powered bus of a plane like a P-3 can do that to something like a MiG-21 clone (I think it was a 21 clone) then this newer, jet powered bus ought to be able down one of their SU’s or maybe even their J-20’s.

  • Yep

    Navy. What carrier does it fly off of?

  • Nadnerbus

    Looks like things are coming along on this project. Its a darn shame this wasn’t in service 15 year ago though. I believe the Navy is going to be increasingly in need of the capability this plane represents going forward. Long legs, persistent loiter time, and top of the line sensors.

  • William C.

    Sub-hunting. Not all that glamorous, but damned important.

  • RCDC

    Ever taught of accurate multiple anti ship/boats/ sub missile torpedoes against enemy missile boats for the country’s self defense?

  • Ben

    How did we sell a P-8 to India, a customer, and not even have done torpedo trials on it yet?

    Shouldn’t P-8 torpedo trials have been done like four years ago?

  • blight

    Channeling my inner roland: Next up is seaplanes. New PBY-1?

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