Minotaur Mission System to Be Added to P-8 in Increment 3 Upgrade
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A mission data processing system capable of more rapid sorting of mission data is planned for integration into the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
The Minotaur mission, developed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, “allows the operator to filter through a mountain of data,” Capt. Tony Rossi, the Navy’s program manager for maritime patrol reconnaissance force aircraft, said at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition April 5. “It is planned for Block 2 of Increment 3 [in the P-8’s upgrade roadmap].”
Processing data is an increasing challenge for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance because of the large volume collected. The Navy is pushing integration more rapid data processing and integration to increase is lethality as well.
The Minotaur, which includes hardware and software, “quickly integrates a multitude of sensors,” Rossi said.
Rossi said the Minotaur will be included in P-8s in production Lots 8, 9 and 10. Increment 3, which includes other upgrades, is scheduled for implementation between 2018 and 2023.
He pointed out that the P-8 has the power, weight accommodation, and cooling to easily handle significant upgrades to systems and payloads.
The Minotaur already is operational in several types of aircraft, including the Navy’s EP-3E electronic reconnaissance aircraft and other aircraft flown by the Air Force and Customs and Border Protection. The Coast Guard is adapting it for the mission systems for its HC-27A and HC-130J maritime patrol aircraft as well.