British Boeing RC-135M Rivet Joint or P8 Poseidon aircraft can escort vessels with Ukrainian grain

The UK proposes to use its Boeing RC-135M Rivet Joint or P8 Poseidon aircraft to escort ships with

Ukrainian grain.

What is known

This was announced at the NATO summit by the Minister of DefenseUnited Kingdom Ben Wallace. At the same time, the official ruled out the possibility of sending ships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain to the Black Sea. This is due to the fact that Turkey has blocked the passage of warships through the Bosphorus, and London does not want Ankara to lift the ban.

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Boeing P8 Poseidon is an Americananti-submarine aircraft that can act as a deterrent for Russia. It carries Harpoon anti-ship missiles and an upgraded version of the SLAM-ER. To destroy submarines, the aircraft uses Mk 54 light torpedoes. The cruising speed is 815 km/h, the practical ceiling is 12.5 km, and the combat range is 2222 km. The cost of one P8 Poseidon is more than $430 million.

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Boeing Rivet Joint is a reconnaissance aircraft,which is a redesigned version of the Boeing RC-135M. He received a side-scan radar, which is not in the RC-135M. The aircraft speeds up to 870 km/h. The practical ceiling is almost 12 km.

Source: Sky News

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