Post by ngatimozart on Apr 5, 2013 18:23:57 GMT 12
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) received the first two of a fleet of next generation P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft on Tuesday, with the planes scheduled to be deployed at Atsugi Air Base in Kanagawa Prefecture later this month, local media reported.
Yes I know its's not called the Japanese Navy but called the Maritime Self Defense Force. I read elsewhere (forget where) a couple of weeks back that it will work in with P8s if the JMSDF buy them.
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” ― George Orwell
Post by ngatimozart on Apr 6, 2013 19:45:16 GMT 12
Yes going by memory the transport is a high wing twin engined jet. I'd have to look it up again. Since the Japanes have changed their law to allow arms exports to politcally acceptable countries (such as US, Australia, NZ etc.,) would it be a viable alternative to the P8? Only if it offered the same or better capabilities than the P8 for a lower purchase, operating and sustainment cost.