I’d be surprised if they purchased the P-8. Peer pressure is a shitty reason for buying military equipment. My read is that the Americans want something that works and does the job.
Also the P-8 will close before we buy it,
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And I don’t t think the P-8 will fill the role from the CMMA buy and sell.
The Americans want something that works and does the job, absolutely. But the Americans also prefer money to flow to American companies - and it’s an American company that current has a product that works well & does the job well.
(Slight distraction but relevant…wasnt it a Canadian squadron that’s won some trophy the last few years in a row on some ASW exercise?)
Usually peer pressure is a shitty excuse to buy military kit. But in this case, I don’t know that it is…
Regardless of what wizardly we park into an Aurora, the airframes themselves are just old. We could pack them full of the most high tech kit on the planet, it doesn’t change the fact that the aircraft themselves are decades old.
We are getting the P8 as things currently stand, I believe. Minister Arcand even made some reference to it a few weeks back, with media outlets buzzing about 8-12 aircraft to be procured.
In response to the Royal Canadian Air Force Request for Information on long-term maritime patrol aircraft Boeing has offered its best P- 8A
*I would love it if Canada had a solution so that funds could be spent in Canada. Most of us would, absolutely.
But Bombardier hasn’t taken the initiative to design, test, or market an ASW or CMMA aircraft to the point it could be marketed as a state of the art platform at a more reasonable cost…which is a shame since Bombardier just won ‘Top Business Jet’ manufacturer worldwide
The GlobalEye was a bizjet based aircraft that could have filled the role, but without much global interest currently in that niche, it hasn’t gone anywhere minus the few aircraft that were/are in service.