US NAVY using ADS-B code hopping

US Navy P-8 Poseidon taking off at Perth Airport Darren Koch (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

Recently, I started to detect many P8 Poseidon aircraft above South China Sea, like if a dozen of different P8 were flying in the area each day. The only explanation I see is that they are doing ADS-B code hopping, switching to a new TACTICAL code every few minutes.

Here are some of the codes I detected in the past few days: AE686A, AE6879, AE6889, AE67B3, AE6784, AE687D, AE6850, AE6854, AE6809, AE6793, AE6807, AE6845, AE6819, AE6836, AE67C2, AE67DC, AE6885, AE67D6, AE6813, AE687E, AE689E, AE6884, AE67DE, AE6803, AE682D, AE687C, AE6849, AE68A2.

Few more codes detected recently: AE6848, AE67DF, AE6870, AE6883, AE683D, AE6822, AE6814

US military planes in South China Sea

There are a lot of US military activity in the area between Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Transports, SIGINT, reconnaissance, protection of US carriers in the area… mainly conducted by the US Air Force and the US Navy. Here is a list of planes seen in past few months (click on the link to see the radar map when the trackers got a MLAT position – these aircraft generally do not broadcast their position on ADSB):

AE049B – Tail number: 61-0313 – Boeing KC-135R – US Air Force

AE1492 – Tail number: 96-0042 – Boeing E-8C Joint Stars – US Air Force

AE1D8A – Tail number: 15-6511 – Lockheed EP-3E Aries 2 Orion – US Navy

AE1D95- Tail number: 15-9893 – Lockheed EP-3E Orion – US Navy

AE1D91- Tail number: 15-7318 – Lockheed EP-3E Aries2 Orion – US Navy

AE1D5D – Tail number: 16-1586 – Lockheed P-3C-II.2 Orion – US Navy

AE17EF- Tail number: 05-0730 – Boeing C-40C – US Air Force

AE04FD – Tail number: 58-0095 – Boeing KC135T – US Air Force

AE01CE – Tail number: 62-4134 – Boeing RC135W Stratotanker SIGINT – US Air Force

You also can see the latest detected military and other aircraft of interest and the pick of the day or search my database on foxtrotcharlie.ovh.