L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29617 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
I don't think we will see a P-3 replacement for probably another couple of decades. There is a lot of airframe life left and a number of airframes have been sent to the desert for storage and they aren't building any hours up there and would be available for conversion.
I think we will see systems upgrades before we see a replacement. For that aircraft.
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CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
I personally like very much the Nimrod but I don't feel that it will replace this lovely plane called P-3, this plane will go for many years like the C-130 Hercules is going. It's just a kinda o design that will improve forever.
We have now the C-130J, soon we'll have the P-3J with 5 or 6 blades and an all HUD cockpit, and USNavy will start to replace in a one-to-one basis the old one P-3A's B's and C's.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4443 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
Here is a recent article in Aviation Weekly and Space Technology about the P-3 replacement.
"The first P-3Cs need to be retired in 2003, the signals intelligence EP-3Es in 2004."
"The replacement systems, known as the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA), are slated to be fielded around 2010-2012."
"The Navy plans to have two versions of MMA, the Search Attack version taking on the P-3's mission, and the surveillance/intelligence aircraft replacing the EP-3. THe search/attack aircraft may also have to conduct strike and mine warfare missions and noncombat actions supporting counter drug operations."
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
in other words there is a gap of a decade between the P3 leaving service and a -planned, not yet under development- replacement entering.
Given the deathtoll in US military projects lately I'd call it a 70% chance that the replacement platform is never fielded and the long range ASW mission will fall silently by the wayside of costcutting.
Redskin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
Given the recently published journey of the RPV platform from the states to Australia and the advances we will see in technology over the coming decade would it be possible and prudent to explore the RPV option for coastal surv and ASW ???
Mezza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
For pure surveillance, yes. The Global Hawk is currently been demonstrated and could prove useful in guarding the Australian coastline, however the delivery of weapons to counter submarine activity is another question.
Although its has been done previoulsy with the USN Dash system I don't know how successful this was operationaly.
Can anybody shed any light on the USN Dash helicoptor operations, and are there trials with using RPV as weapons delivery platforms.