First ATM-84J Harpoon missile fired from P-8A Poseidon
- July 25, 2018
The Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft has successfully fired its first Harpoon missile during RIMPAC 18 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, off the coast of Hawaii, US.
Australian defense minister, senator Marise Payne, “The successful launch of the Harpoon requires a significant effort from a range of specialist personnel. The men and women of the RAAF’s 92 Wing should be proud to have achieved this key step in the realisation of this important capability for Australia. Our partnership with the United States Navy has allowed us access to the Range Facility, a long standing agreement which has seen the successful testing of many Australian Defence Force weapons systems across both Air Force and Navy,” said.
The P-8A Poseidon is designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. It is also effective for humanitarian and search and rescue missions.
A derivative of the 737-800 Next Generation, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space.
Exercise RIMPAC 18 is the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise, with 25 nations participating.