|Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 2):|
Would an update of their current P-3 Orions be a better option?
Nothing else was really an option and the P-3 airframe will have reached the point where it needs to be replaced. Rebuilds of old airframes are not the flavour of the month after the Seasprite debacle.
|Quoting N328KF (Reply 1):|
With that said, I'm sure fleet commonality with Wedgetail was a big contributory reason why this system was selected.
Don't forget the BBJs used by 34 SQN for VIP transport, although all the maintenance is leased out will still allow the aircrew to rotate round, certainly will be easier to retain the crews with more active postings available.
|Quoting HanginOut (Reply 4):|
How many P-8s will the Australians acquire and how many P-3s do they currently have?
Everything I have heard points to approx 8 frames being acquired to be used in concert with a Global Hawk purchase. I think they will hope for a greater fleet utilisation since we currently have 17 (I think) with two deployed to the Sandpit at any one time.
|Quoting DEVILFISH (Thread starter):|
Arguably, the P-8A may be the best currently on offer for this mission. It appears Boeing has got a tight grip on RAAF procurements. Hopefully, this would not be visited by the bugs that plagued their other sale to Australia.
Since we will acquire a program being procured by the US in large numbers we will be hamstrung by any issues that occur. Saying that I don't foresee any great problems with the purchase. What will be interesting is how the aircraft deal with our modifications, if the RAAF wish to match the capabilities of the AP
-3C there will be quite a few modifications required for the airframe.
Boeing has several of the latest contracts but don't forgot Lockheed will get the JSF order when it occurs. That is significant enough to remove any angst. What is surprising is that we didn't join the SDD phase when we had the chance. Everyone knew we were going to choose the P-8, so why not get in and have a say in how it was going to be designed, allowing our industry to participate as well?
I think the 737 will be flying in one form or another till about 2060 now!