Another successful IBP ASW exercise for the MQ-9B! Working on this program has been my favourite task since I left the CAF. :cool:(y)
Really looking forward to seeing it conducting MPA & ASW operations in WESTPAC later this fall.
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OS news is limited, but I'm inclined to buy myself a ticket to Hawaii this summer to cheer on my GA colleagues.
Very cool to see this capability quickly maturing.
Should also be interesting to see it fully integrated into the RIMPAC Task Groups this summer! 😍
Some other interesting fielded (not paper) MPA options that have popped up just in the past 12 months:
"Sea-130" has been proposed many times. No biters yet.
Japan has been eagerly trying to find an export customer for P-1 for many years.
I've been impressed by P-1 capabilities, but I think spares/parts availability would be a substantial issue for any international...
Coincidentally, I was just chatting with an RAF colleague this morning about this very topic.
RAF has pushed out an email saying it was rejected outright.
The alternative being bantered about now should look something more along the lines of...
Much more aerodynamic. 🏃♂️💨