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The RAF's first Poseidon submarine fighter jet lands at home base in Scotland


The RAF's first Poseidon submarine fighter jet lands on its home base in Scotland as the commander ushers in the new era of combat aviation and sea patrol.

  • The first Poseidon patrol aircraft landed at its RAF Lossiemouth home base in Moray, Scotland
  • Nine Poseidon MRA1 aircraft have been ordered, the first of which landed on British soil for the first time in February 2020
  • In addition to ship hunting, Poseidons are mobile command centers through which vital intelligence is directed
  • The acquisition of the jets is part of a £ 3 billion nuclear deterrent investment to protect Britain from hostilities

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The RAF's first Poseidon submarine fighter jet has landed at its home base in Scotland.

The commander of RAF Lossiemouth in Moray described her arrival on Tuesday as a sign of a "new era for the fight against air forces and patrols at sea".

The colossal jet – called the City of Elgin – landed on the newly constructed Lossiemouth runway after the base, which houses the pilots, engineers and staff of the high-tech submarine hunters, was upgraded by £ 132 million .

Nine Poseidon MRA1 aircraft have been ordered, the first of which landed on British soil for the first time in February 2020. Since then, crews have been securing the seas on operational missions.

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The first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft, designated for submarine hunting and sea target tracking, arrives at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, on Tuesday

Pipe Major Barry Ashby plays on the steps of the first aircraft of the Poseidon MRA1, designated for submarine hunting and maritime target tracking, after landing at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, on Tuesday

Pipe Major Barry Ashby plays on the steps of the first aircraft of the Poseidon MRA1, designated for submarine hunting and maritime target tracking, after landing at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, on Tuesday

The first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft intended for submarine hunting and maritime target tracking arrives at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray

The first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft designed for submarine hunting and maritime target tracking arrives at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray

Ground crew is ready when the first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft, designated for submarine hunting and sea target tracking, arrives at RAF Lossiemouth

Ground crew is ready when the first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft, designated for submarine hunting and sea target tracking, arrives at RAF Lossiemouth

Group Captain Chris Layden Station Commander (left) and Wing Commander James Hanson in front of the first of the Poseidon MRA1 aircraft

Group Captain Chris Layden Station Commander (left) and Wing Commander James Hanson in front of the first of the Poseidon MRA1 aircraft

Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander for RAF Lossiemouth, said: & # 39; Today is a proud moment for Team Lossie as it ushers in a new era for the station, which supplies warplanes and sea patrols in and around the UK.

“Yesterday I had the privilege of landing the first typhoon on our newly surfaced runways and today I had the pleasure of welcoming the first Poseidon to his permanent home in Moray.

"This is just the beginning of our expansion and modernization as one of the most strategically important stations for the RAF in Great Britain."

Poseidon is a submarine hunter who can locate, identify and track potentially enemy ships when they are operating near British waters.

The radar can also detect and track ships above the waves.

The jets have a communications suite that allows the information gathered to be passed on to commanders, regardless of whether they are in the air, on a ship, on the ground or back at RAF Lossiemouth.

A total of 54 squadron members have trained new pilots and weapons system operators on the platform as 400 additional military personnel will move to Moray to fly and operate the aircraft.

The giant jet arrives at RAF Lossiemouth today

The giant jet arrives at RAF Lossiemouth today

Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander, in front of the first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft

Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander, in front of the first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft

A ground crew member gives a thumbs up as the aircraft arrives on the newly constructed runway in Lossiemouth

A ground crew member gives a thumbs up as the aircraft arrives on the newly constructed runway in Lossiemouth

The crew get out and greet their colleagues with an elbow kick at the foot of the stairs amid the coronavirus pandemic

The crew get out and greet their colleagues with an elbow kick at the foot of the stairs amid the coronavirus pandemic

All Typhoon and Poseidon operations are said to be back at their permanent home in Lossiemouth on Friday.

Poseidon is designed to perform advanced surveillance missions at high and low altitudes.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors that use high-resolution area mapping to detect threats above and below water.

The Poseidon will also be armed with harpoon anti-surface missile missiles and Mk 54 torpedoes that can attack both surface and underground targets.

The aircraft will initially be flown by 120 squadrons, while 201 squadrons will join the program in due course.

The Geschwader 120 was originally formed on January 1, 1918 and was the leading submarine squadron in World War II.

Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander, in front of the first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft

Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander, in front of the first Poseidon MRA1 aircraft

The 129ft Boeing P-8A Poseidon by the numbers

power plant: two 120 kN CFM International CFM56-7 turbofan engines

length: 39.47 m (129 ft 6 in)

height: 12.83 m (42 ft 1¼ in)

span: 37.64 m (123 ft 7¼ in)

Maximum take-off weight: 85,820 kg (189,200 lb)

Maximum speed: 490 kt (907 km / h)

Ferry range: 7,242 km (4,500 miles)

Service blanket: 41,000 feet

The new Poseidon aircraft for the RAF has two 120 kN CFM56-7 turbofan engines from CFM56-7

The new Poseidon aircraft for the RAF has two 120 kN CFM56-7 turbofan engines from CFM56-7

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