Why does the P-8I have one then?They couldn't make it work with without making the aircraft go over budget... And the VP community was willing to sacrifice almost anything to keep that program on track and on budget.
They couldn't get the retractable MAD out far enough to clear the aircrafts own magnetic interference appearently...
Off track, off budget was the company line in the late 2000's. I don't know anything about the Indian program. It's possible they paid more, or the software has improved over the last 10-15 years when the base line P-8s were envisioned, or they may not have the same weight concerns without the AAS gear (which drove a lot of seemly random changes, like movement of the Bombay, before they announced the P-8 would get a LSRS follow-on). Maybe we'll see MAD in a later update, which would be nice. Nothing quite like -3 screaming "madman madman madman" to give you the warm fuzzy during ASW.Why does the P-8I have one then?
I think there's only one strait.The P-8 made the news again, this time the SECDEF and the Singaporean Defense Minister went for a flight in one over the Straits of Malacca. I like the comment about the P-3 autopilot, or lack thereof.