“Four or five nations” are showing strong interest in the maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, according to Chris Raymond, Defense, Space & Security vice president for business development and strategy.
“These are down to a technical level, not a cursory what-is-it level,” Raymond said on the eve of the Singapore air show. “They are doing analysis of range and coverage, how it would fit in their fleets, life-cycle costs.”
Two or three of the potential candidates are in the Asia-Pacific area, Raymond says. (One of the others is most likely the United Kingdom.) Not all of them currently operate fixed-wing ASW aircraft. “These are new requirements, not just replacements,” Raymond says.
In some cases, Boeing sees its new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, based on aChallenger 605 airframe, as being complementary to the P-8 or other ASW platforms. The company is moving towards the idea of a family of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems ranging from the P-8 through the MSA and the King Air-based Ramis (reconfigurable airborne multi-sensor system) to the Insitu and Integrator unmanned air systems.