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Q400/Elta To Make P-3 Replacement  
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5476 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4995 times:

Israel's Elta and Bombardier have teamed up to make a maritime patrol aircraft based on the Q400.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...0-maritime-patrol-aircraft-365443/

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Avishai Izhakian, deputy general manager of Elta's airborne systems and radars division, said on 23 November that the Q400 is being offered as a direct replacement for the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion. "This aircraft has very low operational costs and gives the crew a very comfortable working environment," he said.

By virtue of the size difference alone, the Q400 won't be able to replace the P-3 at every task, but with its already impressive range, (which can probably be extended with extra tankage), it should have no problems fulfilling the patrol aspects at a significant reduction in operating costs.

It also might provide a much needed boost to the lagging sales of Q400.


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User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

Quoting JoeCanuck (Thread starter):
impressive range, (which can probably be extended with extra tankage), it should have no problems fulfilling the patrol aspects at a significant reduction in operating costs.

You do realize the range the current P-3 has; it can fly essentially from Vancouver to Toronto, loiter over Toronto for 4-5 hours, and fly straight back to Vancouver without refueling, right? How much in the way of fuel tanks will a Q400 need to match it, and will it cut into cabin space? The P-3 is a unique bird in terms of endurance.


User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5476 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4664 times:

Well, duh. I specifically said it can't replace the P-3 at every task, and it does have impressive range which can probably be extended. I never said the range was the same as the P-3 but not every task the P-3 does, needs to be done by a P-3.

To be accurate, if it wants to loiter for 3 hours and make it back to YVR, it can only make it to about Thunder Bay.

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=1100&tid=1400&ct=1

[Edited 2011-12-06 17:11:26]


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User currently offlinecmb56 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4523 times:

I can't resist.
Why would a maritime patrol aircraft fly around Canada?
How about Midway Island to Wake and back?


User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5714 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4518 times:
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Quoting cmb56 (Reply 3):
Why would a maritime patrol aircraft fly around Canada?

Some RAAF P-3 have been modified(optimised?) for land based surveillance and C&C, indeed have flown many thousands of hours over a couple of middle Eastern countries in the past decade doing just that.



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