Which was woefully inadequate and contributed to the issues you face now. Canada has constantly replaced AirFrames since the 50’s at a less than 1:1 rate, and if allowed to continue the entire RCAF will be sitting at a desk reminiscing about what it was like when their grandparents flew…
Frankly if I was king, I’d toss on some E-8’s to the P-8 order, as that fits the bill for a bunch of other missing CAF NORAD requirements too.
So you are saying the Twin Otter Patrol idea is just ticket then?We replaced 31 Argus (33 were build, 2 were lost in crashes) with 18 Auroras. The idea being they were “more modern/capable”. My dad can tell stories of being able to do hot handovers with the Argus for days on end on the East Coast without calling West coast planes or crews in to support. This was with an aircraft that could take off out of the east coast of Canada, fly to off the coast of Ireland, patrol 8 hours and then RTB.
The Aurora was faster so the thought was…it could get ONSTA quicker etc.
Of the 18 Aurora, 10 were initially planned for ASLEP and AIMP. That was later changed to 14 that would eventually end up as Block 4 aircraft. It’s 2022 and the fleet isn’t there yet…but the aircraft are 40+years old.
My take on the current situation is “more demand than there is supply”. We need more crews at the line sqns, more instructors at 404 and more people doing testing and development.
The sub threat from current adversaries is not going away, getting smaller or assessed as less capable. We need to decide if we care about that or are happy to let our Allies do the heavy lifting…but I wouldn’t be surprised if our NORAD partner reminds us that maritime approaches are part of our NORAD mission…
Our MPAs are used in many domestic and international ops, and does support to other Depts in the govt.
Yeah, but how many of them fly for Delta/United/AA as their "day job"?2 Reserve VP Sqns with P-8s and 300+ personnel/Sqn? Wonder if we can get them tasked to support the LRP fleet…
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy Air Reserve has begun to retire its P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and upgrade to the P-8A Poseidon MPA. Current and former members of Patrol Squadron 62 (VP-62), based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida,...seapowermagazine.org
Why would they need to be upgraded to Block 8?They’re block 6 (No ADS-B or RNAV approaches) and would need to be upgraded to block 8 so it’s not as inexpensive as one would think.
Upon reflection I guess that’s right up our alley.
BIV??Gaining/maintaining quals aside, I was more trying to point out they are equipping their 2 reserve Sqns with new planes.
And our 2 op sqns aren’t flush with BIV yet…
"If you do defense on the cheap, you do not have that credible response " That line should be etched over the doorRAF looking for 3 more P-8s.
Royal Air Force commanders are asking for additional P-8 Aircraft as Russia ramps up submarine patrols near the country's maritime borders.www.thedefensepost.com
Don’t they have used subs and fighters? Maybe a package deal??
Canada will soon be entering negotiations to overpay New Zealand for their P3’s