Cdn Blackshirt said:Just as a side note, I believe the Japanese are reducing their P-3 fleet dramatically and we could pick up airframes there if there is a desire to do so....
You might want to re-think that one for a second....
Their aircraft are of the P-3C incarnation. The AIMP, however missguided, was planned around the CP-140....a completely different beast !! If we were to pick up used P-3Cs from the JMSDF we would have to undergo a different process to bring them into line with post-AIMP CP-140s. This would be both complex and costly and, IMHO, prohibitive. Even if you were to completely gut out the Jap P-3Cs, you have a serious nightmare on you hands. Post-AIMP CP-140s will have a mix of old systems and new ones. Like i said before, the underlying flaw in the CP-140 design is that it is unique. We cannot simply apply AIMP to any other aircraft but our own. We would end up with two very different variants, adding to our current maintenance issues and creating new training issues ( trust me i have enought stuff to know as it is without adding another fleet to my plate).