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Friday, June 12, 2015

US planning P-3 Orion 'chain' to contain China in S. China Sea: report

RNZAF P-3K OrionThe United States is planning to establish a chain of military bases with the P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft to monitor China's activities in the South China Sea, says Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet.

Countries with the P-3 Orion in their arsenal include Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, with Vietnam expected to join their ranks in the future. The US Navy also has a large fleet of P-3 aircraft stationed all around the world, though these are gradually being replaced by the more advanced P-8A Poseidon.

Australia and America's P-3 aircraft are also largely equipped with AN/APS-14 coastal surveillance radar systems, which are said to have strong intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, and target recognition capabilities.

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