I really want a Ferrari for Christmas. SA really wants a P-8A Poseidon for deep ocean and let's face it guys I am not going to get a Ferrari and SA is not going to get the P-8A. What SA can afford is 3-4 C-295 sized, deep ocean, armed, ASW aircraft OR 15-18 King Air sized Coast Guard-role aircraft. The budget simply does not exist to buy both. So, where is today's threat to SA Sovereignty over its OCS and EEZ territorial waters right now: it's not deep water, ASW mission, yes there is a vast need for this requirement, but no money to fill all roles. Right now the pressing need is piracy, smuggling, illegal fishing, pollution, illegal immigration, terrorism, SAR and 95% of those mission requirements can be filled at a very reasonable cost point by the King Air based solution (and furthermore it is an aircraft type already in wide use throughout SA both by military and civilian operators, thus easy to maintain and deploy. Thanks
Well put and well reasoned. This synopsis is how I see the solution too.
What SA can afford is 3-4 C-295 sized, deep ocean, armed, ASW aircraft OR 15-18 King Air sized Coast Guard-role aircraft.
I would even cut the "15-18" down to 10-12 max - a Squadron size.
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