Strategy Page: P-8 Replacing Tu-142
India is buying eight U.S. P-8 maritime reconnaissance aircraft, for about $220 million each. This deal has been stalled for months, but the growing expense of maintaining their Russian Tu-142M aircraft, and the need for a more capable recon aircraft, has made the P-8 buy certain. The first P-8I will arrive in 2014.
I still think that a big JDAM platform might be a worthwhile part of the USAF’s bomber force. Could a P-8-based plane fill that role?