Reading more about the TAV, the company has a second version called the Wasp. Designed as a CAS/MPA that can fly autonomously.
From the article:
TAV is the first in a family of specialized aircraft, including WASP, a mission-oriented version, focused on close-air support (CAS), maritime and coastal patrol and anti-submarine warfare, and surveillance, and BRANTA, a long endurance, high-altitude optionally-piloted/unmanned combat air vehicle (OPV/UCAV).
Company *claims* don't equal an actual capability. Keep in mind, this entire aircraft is a concept at this point. It doesn't exist beyond 'the imagination and a few drawings
- This is a 2-pers crew. I'm not aware of any
platform (modern one) that has only 2 pers to fly and do an ASW mission. Most MH's are 4 pers crews. 2 pilots, a TACCO and a SENSO is the Canadian crewing (and it would be much better if there was a 5th seat for a 2nd SENSO). One pers can only do so much, despite computers and automation.
- That little plane won't carry enough search or kill stores, far enough and with enough ONSTA ability, to be useful (IMO). AAR capable? So...you break off to tank...and...
- MHs have something to bring to the fight that MPAs don't, dipping SONAR. They can return to MOTHER, bomb up again and go back out. This Wasp? Nope.
- If you're going to be in the ASW game and be taken seriously, you need a true MPA. This little platform isn't it. You'd be surprised how quickly you can burn thru 100ish sono's, this baby plane can't even think about carrying that many.
In short? *Next*
My :2c: only; if you want to see how a potential MPA *measures up*, you should compare it to the 2 big heavy-hitters in the world we know today. Here's one article discussing them...
Boeing P-8A vs Kawasaki P-1: The comparison of modern MPAs.
Single comment on the P-8/P-1; MAD is a valid sensor and is worth its (low) overall weight on a MPA. I've been ONSTA before and the Acoustics system went U/S; while 'recovery of the Acoustic system' was in progress, we dropped down low and flew a MAD barrier between the surface force and LKP of the submerged contact.