posted on Nov, 19 2013 @ 04:34 PM
It seems the West's usual attitude of 'Throw lots of money at defense,' is making way for a more sustainable future. As well, tech is increasing
and decreasing the number of people required to carry out the task. All good.
"Cheap" maritime patrol a/c based on civil airliners aer not new - of course the P-8 and P-3 aer examples, but twin engine examples abound too -
- for USCG, unarmed, has patrol and S&R functions, equipped similar to
that het HC-144 is based on can be armed with Exocets and Mk 46 torpedoes
F-27 Maritime Enforcer
- could carry up to 8800lb of stores,
including Exocets, Haropoons, Torpedoes, Sea Skua, etc
- several versions have been converted for maritime patrol - I haven't found any indications
that they are actually armed - eg this article mentions sensor
suites and countermeasures
Can they be armed?
My initial take is the C605's are not going to be armed - the writeup is all about surveillance, and there are already a few challengers in similar
roles eg for the Danes & Sth Koreans the I can't find anything about them being armed.