Sentry also has the capability to detect ships, relaying information to maritime aircraft
or allied vessels for further investigation.
India has also committed to expanding its fleet of P8-I maritime aircraft
and will likely move forward with plans to purchase the Sea Guardian and the MQ-9 Reaper drones -- all US platforms.
The hangars on the Vietnam-controlled island are likely to host PZL M28B maritime aircraft
and CASA C-295 transport planes in the future.
PNS Azmat and long-range maritime aircraft
also participated in the drill, the Navy spokesman said.
The MMMAC (Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft
Capabilities) program has been set up to identify a new generation of aircraft to replace current maritime surveillance aircraft that are nearing the end of their service life.
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The previous case related to shooting down of Pakistan's maritime aircraft
Atlantique by IAF in Kutch on August 10, 1999, killing all 16 people on board.
Sources (http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/international/asia-pacific/2016/05/25/vietnam-may-request-f-16s-p-3-orions-us/84904786/) told Defense News Hanoi is hoping to procure F-16 fighter planes and P-3C Orion maritime aircraft
to increase their capabilities to patrol the waters.
France scrambled a maritime aircraft
to the scene and found the unregistered yacht languishing in the same position two days after it was first spotted.
Matthew Klunder said it was approved only for surface ships above the waterline but was being tested for use below the waterline and for maritime aircraft
Our Defense, Space and Security unit overcame a tough operating environment to record expanded revenue, earnings and margins while executing to our commitments on the KC-46A tanker and developing and delivering important new capabilities to customers, such as the P-8 maritime aircraft
and the Inmarsat-5 satellite," said McNerney.