In the budget request of the US Navy for the fiscal year 2021 no funds are additional to the purchase P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft included. If also be given in the following years new machines in order, the Navy has with only 117 units instead of - commented required 138 aircraft - following a formal assessment of the Navy.
The decision is based on the current budget constraints and to funding for projects with higher priority - including hunting submarines of the Virginia class and the new strategic submarines of the Columbia Class - release. Regardless of Beweggrunds created by this decision a bottleneck in terms of education and the fight against Russian and Chinese submarines. Remedy could bring new satellite-based sensors as well as encouraging more of unmanned maritime patrol aircraft.
Sidney E. Dean