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RAAF AP-3C Orion at the 2015 Australian International Airshow

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion, of 92 Wing, jettisons flares during a trial of electronic warfare self-protection systems by the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.

A9-752 Doing some practice fly past runs YMAV/AVV 16-2-15

Captured in this photograph is 10 Squadron, RAAF, P-3C Orion A9-755. The photo was probably taken in the late 1970's, early 1980's.Photo RAAF PR Official via my collection

I guess when Peter floated Movement and Motion as the theme, I had ulterior motive for giving the nod.

 

Had a great day at the airshow this year, and serendipity struck too. More on that when I get around to processing the photos of the hardware. This is the RAAF AP-3C Orion.

 

A Royal Australian Air Force AP3-C Orion taxiing at RAAF Williamtown Base during joint Operation Diamond Shield.

 

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

 

From the RAAF Website;

 

- "The AP-3C Orion is an extremely versatile aircraft capable of land and maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, naval fleet support, and search and rescue operations.

 

The Orion aircraft first entered military service in 1968 as the P-3B model, with the P-3C variant first introduced in 1978. Following several modification projects the significantly upgraded AP-3C Orion (current) were introduced into service in 2002. The AP-3C is a significantly enhanced capability from the first P-3B model; now fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-optics detectors (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detectors, friend or foe identification systems and acoustic detectors. Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, in 2012 the AP-3C Orion ceased 10 years of operational service in the Middle East, completing 2,400 missions with more than 3,500 personnel deployed throughout the period.

AP-3C Orion A9-755 of 10Sqn RAAF at the Avalon airshow, March 2 2013

This is a single exposure of 4 jets landing at Darwin airport during exercise Pitch Black. I thought this was the shot where I got 6 landing but can only see 4. I cannot identify the exact type of aircraft. I don't mind the noise of them flying around. It's only for a short time of the year. The sheer power, noise and awesomeness of these aircraft taking off and landing is incredible.

16-35mm F4 G ED VR @ 29mm, 106 seconds, f5.6, ISO 100.

 

Exercise Pitch Black 12 (PB12) is the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) largest and most complex air exercise. Held in the Northern Territory from 27 July to 17 August 2012.

 

International participants will include the United States Marine Corps, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Indonesian Air Force .

 

Up to 94 aircraft and more than 2200 personnel are expected to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 12. This will include:

 

F/A-18A Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet

C-130H and C-130J, King Air 350, Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter

Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft , AP-3C Orion,

KC-30 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, F-16 Falcon, F-15SG Eagle, Gulfstream 550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW),KC-135 Stratotanker,KC-130J Hercules.

 

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Info provided courtesy of:

www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pitchblack12/index.htm

 

The AP-3C Orion is the Royal Australian Air Force’s maritime patrol aircraft. The Orion first entered service in 1962, with the P-3c first introduced in 1968.

Significantly upgraded Australian Orions, designated AP-3C, were introduced into service in 2002 and are fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-opticical detection equipment (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detector, identification friend or foe equipment and acoustic detectors.

All 18 AP-3C Orions are operated by No. 92 Wing which is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. The RAAF's AP-3C Orions are expected to be replaced by up to a dozen P-8 Poseidons and six to eight RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles between 2015 and 2018.

 

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Midcaption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support

RAAF AP-3C Orion at the 2015 Australian International Airshow

RAAF A9-755 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5664 - Day 4 Avalon 2013 Australian International Airshow. File: A9-755_YMAV_20130301_9436

RAAF AP-3C Orion A9-755 takes off at the 2013 Australian International Airshow

Part of the static display at this bi-annual event...Avalon 26/02/15

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AP-3C Orion searches out an ANZAC Class ship during PWO SAW 2004.

 

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Aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force arrived at RAAF Base Pearce in preparation for a joint maritime training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

 

The exercise, to be conducted off the West Coast, will run from 8-19 November 2004. The exercise is considered an important activity for the ADF allowing personnel, equipment and platforms to be tested in realistic warlike scenarios.

 

Approximately 200 hundred personnel will join local expertise at RAAF Pearce for the 2 week exercise- the biggest of its kind for the local base this year.

 

Air Force aircraft and personnel will conduct maritime patrol, strike, air to air and anti-surface missions in support of Navy ships training in the WA exercise area.

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Midcaption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support.

 

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Midcaption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support

The hull of former United States Navy Ship Kilauea following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. The hulk broke in two and sank. Midcaption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support.

The AP-3C Orion is the Royal Australian Air Force’s maritime patrol aircraft. The Orion first entered service in 1962, with the P-3c first introduced in 1968.

Significantly upgraded Australian Orions, designated AP-3C, were introduced into service in 2002 and are fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-opticical detection equipment (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detector, identification friend or foe equipment and acoustic detectors.

All 18 AP-3C Orions are operated by No. 92 Wing which is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. The RAAF's AP-3C Orions are expected to be replaced by up to a dozen P-8 Poseidons and six to eight RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles between 2015 and 2018.

 

(C) Copyright Alex Drennan

 

The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security). In 2004, Boeing delivered the 7,000th Harpoon unit since the weapon's introduction in 1977. The missile system has also been further developed into a land-strike weapon, the Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM).

 

The regular Harpoon uses active radar homing, and a low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory to improve survivability and lethality. The missile's launch platforms include:

Fixed-wing aircraft (the AGM-84, without the solid-fuel rocket booster)

Surface ships (the RGM-84, fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster that detaches when expended, to allow the missile's main turbojet to maintain flight)

Submarines (the UGM-84, fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster and encapsulated in a container to enable submerged launch through a torpedo tube);

Coastal defense batteries, from which it would be fired with a solid-fuel rocket booster.

  

Contents [hide]

1 Development 1.1 Harpoon Block 1D

1.2 SLAM ATA (Block 1G)

1.3 Harpoon Block 1J

1.4 Harpoon Block II

1.5 Harpoon Block III

 

2 Operational history

3 Operators

4 General characteristics

5 See also

6 References

7 External links

  

Development[edit]

 

In 1965 the U.S. Navy began studies for a missile in the 45 km (25 nm) range class for use against surfaced submarines. The name Harpoon was assigned to the project (i.e. a harpoon to kill "whales", a naval slang term for submarines).The Harpoon was introduced in 1977 after the sinking of the Israeli destroyer Eilat in 1967 by a Soviet-built Styx anti-ship missile from an Egyptian missile boat. Initially developed as an air-launched missile for the United States Navy P-3 Orion patrol aircraft, the Harpoon has been adapted for use on U.S. Air Force B-52H bombers, which can carry up to 12 of the missiles. The Harpoon missile has been purchased by many American allies, especially by the NATO countries, as well as Australia, Japan, Pakistan and South Korea, among others.

 

The Harpoon has also been adapted for carriage on the F-16 Fighting Falcon, in operation with the U.S. Air Force, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. It has been carried by several U.S. Navy aircraft, including the P-3 Orion patrol plane, the A-6 Intruder, the S-3 Viking, the AV-8B Harrier II, and the F/A-18 Hornet.

 

The Royal Australian Air Force is capable of firing AGM-84 series missiles from its F/A-18F Super Hornets, F/A-18A/B Hornets, and AP-3C Orion aircraft, and previously from the now retired F-111C/G Aardvarks. The Royal Australian Navy deploys the Harpoon on major surface combatants and in the Collins-class submarines. The Spanish Air Force and the Chilean Navy are also AGM-84D customers, and they deploy the missiles on surface ships, and F/A-18s, F-16s, and P-3 Orion aircraft. The British Royal Navy deploys the Harpoon on several types of surface ship.

     

The Canadian frigate HMCS Regina fires a Harpoon anti-ship missile during a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) sinking exercise

The Royal Canadian Navy carries Harpoon missiles on its Halifax-class frigates. The Royal New Zealand Air Force is looking at adding the capability of carrying a stand-off missile, probably Harpoon or AGM-65 Maverick, on its six P-3 Orion patrol planes once they have all been upgraded to P3K2 standard.

 

The Republic of Singapore Air Force also operates five modified Fokker 50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) which are fitted with the sensors needed to fire the Harpoon missile. The Pakistani Navy carries the Harpoon missile on its naval frigates and P-3C Orions. The Turkish Navy carries Harpoons on surface warships and Type 209 submarines. The Turkish Air Force will be armed with the SLAM-ER.

 

At least 339 Harpoon missiles were sold to the Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan) for its F-16 A/B Block 20 fleet and the Taiwanese Navy, which operates four guided-missile destroyers and sixteen guided-missile frigates with the capability of carrying the Harpoon, include the eight former U.S. Navy Knox-class frigates and the eight locally built derivative of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. The four former USN Kidd-class destroyers which have been sold to Taiwan can also carry Harpoon missiles, as can the 2 Zwaardvis/Hai Lung submarines and 12 P-3C Orion aircraft.

 

The Block 1 missiles were designated AGM/RGM/UGM-84A in US service and UGM-84B in the UK. Block 1B standard missiles were designated AGM/RGM/UGM-84C, Block 1C missiles were designated AGM/RGM/UGM-84D. Block 1 used a terminal attack mode that included a pop-up to approximately 1800m before diving on the target; Block 1B omitted the terminal pop-up; and Block 1C provided a selectable terminal attack mode.[2]

 

Harpoon Block 1D[edit]

 

This version featured a larger fuel tank and re-attack capability, but was not produced in large numbers because its intended mission (warfare with the Warsaw Pact countries of Eastern Europe) was considered to be unlikely following the events of 1991–92. Range is 278 km. Block 1D missiles were designated RGM/AGM-84F. In Block 1D

 

SLAM ATA (Block 1G)[edit]

 

This version, under development, gives the SLAM a re-attack capability, as well as an image comparison capability similar to the Tomahawk cruise missile; that is, the weapon can compare the target scene in front of it with an image stored in its on-board computer during terminal phase target acquisition and lock on.[3] Block 1G missiles AGM/RGM/UGM-84G, and the SLAM-ER missiles are designated AGM-84H.

 

Harpoon Block 1J[edit]

 

Block 1J was a proposal for a further upgrade, AGM/RGM/UGM-84J Harpoon (or Harpoon 2000), for use against both ship and land targets.

 

Harpoon Block II[edit]

     

Loading Mk 141 canister launcher

In production at Boeing facilities in Saint Charles, Missouri, is the Harpoon Block II, intended to offer an expanded engagement envelope, enhanced resistance to electronic countermeasures and improved targeting. Specifically, the Harpoon was initially designed as an open-ocean weapon. The Block II missiles continue progress begun with Block IE, and the Block II missile provides the Harpoon with a littoral-water anti-ship capability.

 

The key improvements of the Harpoon Block II are obtained by incorporating the inertial measurement unit from the Joint Direct Attack Munition program, and the software, computer, Global Positioning System (GPS)/inertial navigation system and GPS antenna/receiver from the SLAM Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), an upgrade to the SLAM.

 

The US Navy awarded a $120 million contract to Boeing in July 2011 for the production of about 60 Block II Harpoon missiles, including missiles for 6 foreign militaries.[4] Boeing lists 30 foreign navies as Block II customers.[4]

 

India acquired 24 Harpoon Block II missiles to arm its maritime strike Jaguar fighters in a deal worth $170 million through the Foreign Military Sales system.[5] In December 2010, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified U.S. Congress of a possible sale of 21 additional AGM-84L HARPOON Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $200 million; the Indian government intends to use these missiles on its Indian Navy P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft.[6] Indian Navy is also planning to upgrade the fleet of four submarines- Shishumar class submarine – with tube-launched Harpoon missiles.[7]

 

Harpoon Block 2 missiles are designated AGM/RGM/UGM-84L.[citation needed]

 

Harpoon Block III[edit]

 

Harpoon Block III was intended to be an upgrade package to the existing USN Block 1C missiles and Command Launch Systems (CLS) for guided-missile cruisers, guided-missile destroyers, and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft. After experiencing an increase in the scope of required government ship integration, test and evaluation, and a delay in development of a data-link, the Harpoon Block III program was canceled by the U.S. Navy in April 2009. Cancellation of Block III however does not preclude the possibility of continued incremental upgrades to the Harpoon missile and launching suite in the future.

 

Operational history[edit]

     

Block I coastal missile defense system truck, in service in the Danish Navy 1988–2003.

In 1981 and 1982 there were two accidental launches of Harpoon missiles. One from USN and one from a Danish Navy frigate (Peder Skram-class) on 6 September 1982 which ended[clarification needed] in the recreational housing area Lumsås. The Danish missile was later known as the hovsa-missile (hovsa being the Danish term for oops).

 

In November 1980 during Operation Morvarid Iranian missile boats attacked and sank two Iraqi Osa-class missile boats; one of the weapons used was the Harpoon missile.

 

In 1986, the United States Navy sank at least two Libyan patrol boats in the Gulf of Sidra. Two Harpoon missiles were launched from the USS Yorktown with no confirmed results and several others from A-6 Intruder aircraft that were said to have hit their targets.[8][9] Initial reports claimed that the USS Yorktown scored hits on a patrol boat, but action reports indicated that the target may have been a false one and that no ships were hit by those missiles.[10]

 

In 1988, Harpoon missiles were used to sink the Iranian frigate Sahand during Operation Praying Mantis. Another was fired at the Kaman-class missile boat Joshan, but failed to strike because the fast attack craft had already been mostly sunk by RIM-66 Standard missiles. An Iranian-owned Harpoon missile was also fired at the guided missile cruiser USS Wainwright. The missile was successfully lured away by chaff.[11]

 

In December 1988, a Harpoon launched by an F/A-18 Hornet fighter from the aircraft carrier USS Constellation[12] killed one sailor when it struck the merchant ship Jagvivek, a 250 ft (76 m) long Indian-owned ship, during an exercise at the Pacific Missile Range near Kauai, Hawaii. A Notice to Mariners had been issued warning of the danger, but the Jagvivek left port before receiving the communication and subsequently strayed into the test range area, and the Harpoon missile, fortunately loaded just with an inert dummy warhead, locked onto it instead of its intended target.

 

In June 2009, it was reported by an American newspaper, citing unnamed officials from the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress, that the American government had accused Pakistan of illegally modifying some older Harpoon missiles to strike land targets. Pakistani officials denied this and they claimed that the US was referring to a new Pakistani-designed missile. Some international experts were also reported to be skeptical of the accusations. Robert Hewson, editor of Jane's Air Launched Weapons, pointed out that the Harpoon is not suitable for the land-attack role due to deficiency in range. He also stated that Pakistan was already armed with more sophisticated missiles of Pakistani or Chinese design and, therefore, "beyond the need to reverse-engineer old US kit." Hewson offered that the missile tested by Pakistan was part of an undertaking to develop conventionally armed missiles, capable of being air- or surface-launched, to counter its rival India's missile arsenal.[13][14][15] It was later stated that Pakistan and the US administration had reached some sort of agreement allowing US officials to inspect Pakistan's inventory of Harpoon missiles,[16][17] and the issue had been resolved.[18]

 

Operators[edit]

     

Australia Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Toowoomba

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AustraliaRoyal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet

F/A-18F Super Hornet

AP-3C Orion

 

Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate

Anzac class frigate

Collins class submarine

 

BelgiumBelgian Navy Karel Doorman class frigate

 

BrazilBrazilian Air Force P-3AM

 

CanadaRoyal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet

CP-140 Aurora

 

Royal Canadian Navy Halifax class frigate

 

ChileChilean Navy

DenmarkRoyal Danish Navy Absalon class support ship

Ivar Huitfeldt class frigate

 

EgyptEgyptian Air Force

Egyptian Navy

GermanyGerman Navy Sachsen class frigate (F124)

Bremen class frigate (F122)

 

GreeceHellenic Navy Elli class frigate

Hydra class frigate

Type 209 submarine, Glafkos class (1100) and Poseidon class (1200)

Papanikolis Type 214 class submarine

 

IranIslamic Republic of Iran Navy (nearly retired, most replaced by Russian-made AS-20 and Chinese-made C-802 ASMs)

IsraelIsraeli Air Force

Israeli Navy

IndiaIndian Navy (on Boeing P-8I Neptune multi-mission maritime aircraft)

JapanJapan Maritime Self Defense Force

Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea Air Force F-15K

KF-16

 

Republic of Korea Navy Sejong the Great Class destroyer

Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin class destroyer

Gwanggaeto the Great class destroyer

Son Won-Il class Submarine

Chang Bogo class Submarine

 

MalaysiaRoyal Malaysian Air Force

NetherlandsRoyal Netherlands Navy

PakistanPakistan Navy

PolandPolish Navy

PortugalPortuguese Navy

Saudi ArabiaRoyal Saudi Navy

SingaporeRepublic of Singapore Air Force

Republic of Singapore Navy

SpainSpanish Air Force

Spanish Navy

TaiwanRepublic of China Air Force

Republic of China Navy

     

British Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke firing a Harpoon ThailandRoyal Thai Navy

TurkeyTurkish Air Force

Turkish Navy

United Arab Emirates United KingdomRoyal Navy

Royal Air Force (retired)

United StatesUnited States Air Force

United States Navy

United States Coast Guard(retired)

 

General characteristics[edit]

     

Harpoon Block II test firing from USS Thorn.

    

UGM-84 submarine launch

    

AGM-84D being prepared for P-3 Orion weapons pylon.Primary function: Air-, surface-, or submarine-launched anti-surface (anti-ship) missile

Contractor: The McDonnell Douglas Astronautic Company – East

Power plant: Teledyne CAE J402 turbojet, 660 lb (300 kg)-force (2.9 kN) thrust, and a solid-propellant booster for surface and submarine launches

Length: Air-launched: 3.8 metres (12 ft)

Surface and submarine-launched: 4.6 metres (15 ft)

 

Weight: Air-launched: 519 kilograms (1,144 lb)

Submarine or ship launched from box or canister launcher: 628 kilograms (1,385 lb)

 

Diameter: 340 millimetres (13 in)

Wing span: 914 millimetres (36.0 in)

Maximum altitude: 910 metres (2,990 ft) with booster fins and wings

Range: Over-the-horizon (approx 50 nautical miles) AGM-84D (Block 1C): 220 km (120 nmi)

RGM/UGM-84D (Block 1C): 140 km (75 nmi)

AGM-84E (Block 1E) : 93 km (50 nmi)

AGM-84F (Block 1D): : 315 km (170 nmi)

RGM-84F (Block 1D): 278 km (150 nmi).

RGM/AGM-84L (Block 2): 278 km (150 nmi)

AGM-84H/K (Block 1G / Block 1J): 280 km (150 nmi)

 

Speed: High subsonic, around 850 km/h (460 knots, 240 m/s, or 530 mph)

Guidance: Sea-skimming cruise monitored by radar altimeter, active radar terminal homing

Warhead: 221 kilograms (487 lb), penetration high-explosive blast

Unit cost: US$1,200,000

Date deployed: Ship-launched (RGM-84A): 1977

Air-launched (AGM-84A): 1979

Submarine-launched (UGM-84A): 1981

SLAM (AGM-84E): 1990

SLAM-ER (AGM-84H): 1998 (delivery); 2000 (initial operational capability (IOC))

SLAM-ER ATA (AGM-84K): 2002 (IOC)

  

RAAF A9-755 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5664 - Day 4 Avalon 2013 Australian International Airshow. File: A9-755_YMAV_20130301_0064

Red Flag 15-1

 

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The AP-3C Orion is the Royal Australian Air Force’s maritime patrol aircraft. The Orion first entered service in 1962, with the P-3c first introduced in 1968.

Significantly upgraded Australian Orions, designated AP-3C, were introduced into service in 2002 and are fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-opticical detection equipment (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detector, identification friend or foe equipment and acoustic detectors.

All 18 AP-3C Orions are operated by No. 92 Wing which is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. The RAAF's AP-3C Orions are expected to be replaced by up to a dozen P-8 Poseidons and six to eight RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles between 2015 and 2018.

 

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Mid Caption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support.

RAAF A9-755 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5664. Delivered to the RAAF in August 1978. In service 10 Sqn, 92 Wing - Day 3 Avalon 2013 Australian International Airshow. File: A9-755_YMAV_20130228_9198

RAAF AP-3C Orion shows off its weapons bay at the 2015 Australian International Airshow

RAAF A9-757 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5668 - Day 2 Defence Force Air Show 4-5 October 2008. File: A9-757_YAMB_20081005_3464

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion flies low on a high speed pass over HMAS KANIMBLA.

RAAF A9-757 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5668 - Day 2 Defence Force Air Show 4-5 October 2008. File: A9-757_YAMB_20081005_3462

Here is a RAAF Official photo from my collection, of Lockheed P-3C Orion A9-755 in the cruise. The aircraft is from 10 Squadron based at Edinburgh, South Australia. Circa 1980.

AP-3C Orion A9-755 of 10Sqn RAAF at the Avalon airshow, March 2 2013

A9-56, Lockheed AP-3C Orion, Royal Australian Air Force, 01 March 2014 - RAAF Point Cook air show

Orion circling the late morning moon at The Australian International Airshow

 

The Lockheed AP-3C Orion is a variant of the P-3 Orion used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for tasks such as naval fleet support, maritime surveillance, search and survivor supply and anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. The 18 AP-3C Orions were upgraded from P-3Cs between 1997 and 2005, with the program taking three years longer than expected due to systems integration problems. All 18 AP-3C Orions are operated by No. 92 Wing which is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. Aircraft from the wing have seen service as part of Australian Defence Force operations in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

RAAF A9-571 Orion cn5657. YMAV/AVV Avalon 2017

Composite image of 11SQN history departing for a historic photo session over the Adelaide plains and beaches.

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