I once had a conversation with a ex soviet submariner who was fellow crew. Being Estonian he was working on a U K ferry as a deck officer. Myself being referred to as one of the black hand gang. He explained that the only thing that scared the soviet submariners was Maritime Patrol Aircraft. That the chances of running into a frigate or Sub was manageable but from the air you had no warning. The aircraft could direct ships or Nuclear subs to trail a submarine or persecute a attack itself. He said that occasionally when being nosey. They would have a buoy dropped on them from a aircraft which had a smoke marker and a small explosive charge.He referred to them' as us telling them Keep of the grass' This probably still holds true today.shark bait wrote:I don't think there is any option that can watch over the North Atlantic besides a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, of which P8 is the best option available.
shark bait wrote:the area is so huge making Frigates few and far between
shark bait wrote: better with the second batch, and even better when joint ops with the US and Norway become the norm
The first of the RAF’s new Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has arrived at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland. The ‘Pride of Moray’ is the first of nine P-8As which will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth and take over the role of the Nimrod fleet.
Lord Jim wrote:Well this is interesting.
https://www.janes.com/article/94103/lra ... a-poseidon
Jdam wrote:Interesting but I wonder if it will have any baring on our "interim" anti ship missile purchase. It would be nice to buy a weapon we could use on a few different platforms but my fear is we will do the usual and only use it on a single platform.
Lord Jim wrote:Maybe FC/ASW is a project too far, as for a single missile to meets all of both nations requirements
as for the latter statement I have not read that anywhere... may be I have missed itLord Jim wrote:our[s] are now to be used purely over water, the former requirement now being dropped.
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