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The aircraft, which Boeing officials say is based on a “super mid-sized business jet”, would leverage the best of the P-8’s technology. Boeing will not identify the exact type of aircraft, however, but will say it is a fairly large jet with high-bypass turbofans.
Last edited by LastMinute; 11th Jul 2012 at 21:44.
Why build "new" airframes.....why not just modify existing models of aircraft for the maritime role.....say the C-130. The trick to capability is numbers and availability of aircraft.
It has got to be cheaper to mod proven airframes than design-build-test-field new aircraft from scratch.
Subs are fast but even an old Herky Bird can keep up with them and with loads of fuel instead of cargo....could have the endurance to hang around for long periods of time.
Having that big ol' ramp on the rear end from which SAR rescue gear and SF Operations gear could be dropped would be a plus as well. Bring back aerial pickup equipment and it could be a really interesting airplane.
Why build "new" airframes.....why not just modify existing models of aircraft for the maritime role.....say the C-130
Given AML's (DD/Avionics(RAF)) insistence in 1997 that C130 was fitted with Active Dipping Sonar, and his committal of rather large sums to procuring ADS LRUs and spares for C130, at least this idea has a head start. Only need to ensure the aircraft is stable in the hover......