Ever been in one? I have. They're bigger than an Aurora on the inside, and laid out very nicely. I'd love to have that tac tube to work in.
"Only ASW"; I've done co-op with P-8s doing high-alt surveillance tasks on operations. I've done co-op with them on low-level, non-ASW tasks where they were working 200' off the surface, just like we were. I've done co-op ASW with them. They just get on station faster and can re-position faster than we can in a P-3. Op Cap's listed as required:
- Search and Rescue (SAR); (I can't think of anything an Aurora does that a P-8 couldn't do, but get there faster to do it)
- Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) (C4ISR); (avionics, software and comms based hard capability, personnel/trg based soft cap)
- Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW); (no brainer)
- Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW); (both the USN and RAAF can and already have launched kill stores from wing pylons)
The Australian P-8A Poseidon aircraft has achieved another milestone successfully firing its first Harpoon anti-ship missile during exercise RIMPAC 18 off Hawaii.An ATM-84J Harpoon is released from a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during RIMPAC 2018. Photo: Royal Australian Air Force The ATM-84J Harpoon...
The Harpoon missile launches off Norway's northern coast are the latest military activity in the increasingly busy waters around Europe's high north.
- Communications Relay; (avionics and SW, easy)
- Network Extension; and (avionics and SW, and the USN is ahead of the RCAF on this one)
- Overland Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR). (I'm willing to go out on a limb and guess the P-8 TLE is a lower Cat than what the '140 had in Libya and Iraq/Syria. If the P-8 has a multimode RADAR capable of GMTI and SAR imagery, and a EOIR turret...along with LOS/BLOS FMV capability...voila. This is a very simplified example of a very complex mission type, for discussion ease).
Would we Canadianize it? Sure. Just like every other nation (none of them are the exact same...no different than the P-3 fleets were/are).
Short legs...no problem
. Power...not sure what the issue is. Everyone else is running these with full, modern avionics, sensors and the other expected stuff.
I was a P-8 skeptic back years ago; used to 4 engines, turbo-prop etc etc and joined in on the "bah. HUMBUG!" opinion of P-8. I'm no longer so short-sighted. Don't get my wrong, I've spent quite of bit of time flying on Block 2, 3 and now 4 Aurora and this aircraft will always hold a place in my heart. She's done her duty for Canada and I was lucky enough to be a part of some of that.
It's just time for her to, you know, get in on a time-share down in Florida and enjoy retirement.