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JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The P-8A Poseidon has started air-to-air refueling testing and is on course to test its multi-static active coherent (MAC) anti-sub search system and High Altitude ASW (antisubmarine warfare) Weapons Concept Mk. 54 torpedo and high-altitude sensor upgrades.
“We have an aircraft at Edwards Air Force base,” U.S. Navy Capt. Tony Rossi, program manager, said last month. “They’ve been out there a week and a half, doing air-to-air refueling. We’ve been testing with KC-135 from the Air Force. We’ve done nine flights so far. The testing had gone very well – we’ve passed 10,000 gallons of fuel on a flight. The primary focus has been on the flying qualities of the aircraft.”
The Navy is now using the data to help develop a high-fidelity P-8A air-to-air refueling trainer, he says.