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Uk Need For Sea Patrol Aircraft Opens New Front In Airbus, Boeing Battle

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/07/17/uk-airshow-britain-maritime-patrol-idUKKBN0FM13Y20140717

Two high-profile sea searches have exposed a shortfall in Britain's maritime patrol capabilities, raising hopes at rival planemakers Airbus and Boeing that they could soon be fighting over a multi-billion dollar contract.

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, missing since March, and the hunt for four British yachtsmen lost in the Atlantic Ocean in May, has brought home to the British government the need to invest in maritime patrol aircraft, sources close to the matter say.

Since scrapping its former programme - the delayed and over-budget BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 - as part of its defence review in 2010, experts say Britain has struggled to carry out aerial hunts for submarines as well as objects on the surface of its waters.

Adding further urgency is that a new aircraft carrier will be received by the Royal Navy in 2017; the vessel is part of a 6.2 billion pound project which Britain will want to adequately protect.

The two planemakers, which regularly battle over commercial orders, are now sparring over the maritime patrol market, in the expectation Britain will want to adapt existing planes to its needs, rather than opt for another complex project like Nimrod.

"It's less about the aircraft and more about what's in it," said Glynn Bellamy, partner and UK head of Aerospace and Defence at KPMG, explaining that unlike the specifically-designed Nimrod, a future project could use a cheaper aircraft but with high-tech kit onboard.

Both Boeing and Airbus say their options could suit Britain's needs.

Boeing brought its P-8A aircraft, based on the company's popular 737 commercial aircraft, to the Royal International Air Tattoo military air show last week and the Farnborough air show this week to show off what it describes as the plane's superior maritime surveillance and other capabilities.

Airbus is proposing an option around its C-295 military aircraft which it said could be configured to meet Britain's demands using UK suppliers for critical content, a factor it hopes will curry favour with a government which has stressed the importance of its domestic defence industry.

Is Britain now essentially defenceless? We have no aircraft carriers, when we do they won't have planes. We can't detect submarines and have no maritime patrol aircraft. For a nation built on it's prowess on the sea this is an impressive achievement by the establishment.

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Is Britain now essentially defenceless? We have no aircraft carriers, when we do they won't have planes. We can't detect submarines and have no maritime patrol aircraft. For a nation built on it's prowess on the sea this is an impressive achievement by the establishment.

There's nothing left to defend. Everything valuable has been sold abroad and our opendoor immigration policy means that foreigners can simply walk in and and make themselves at home whenever they like.

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I suggest to pay RyanAir to fly the missions. Passanngers will fly for free, but only if they spot the submarine ... ???

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There's nothing left to defend. Everything valuable has been sold abroad and our opendoor immigration policy means that foreigners can simply walk in and and make themselves at home whenever they like.

What not even protecting the fishing fleet?

Damn You are absolutely correct.

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I suggest to pay RyanAir to fly the missions. Passanngers will fly for free, but only if they spot the submarine ... ???

Damik, this the only post of yours I have ver enjoyed reading! :lol:

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There's nothing left to defend. Everything valuable has been sold abroad and our opendoor immigration policy means that foreigners can simply walk in and and make themselves at home whenever they like.

Exactly why we've seen little state sponsored terrorism. Bet there's a few "states" that would express anger if we have another 7/7 Can't have their elites net worth damaged.

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