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Candidates for NATO standardisation in the Cold War

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Siberia addresses the core issue here, which is not domestic politics of jobs, but is...who is the customer?
.... Economies of scale from its domestic orders give US massive advantage over other sources. Why did UK bother with 40-odd Nimrods when >700 Orions were to be built? Waste.
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Equally silly was the RCAF's decision to build a much-modified Maritime Patrol Aircraft based upon the Bristol Britannia turbo-prop airliner. The greatest change was to Wright Turbo-Compound piston engines because they provided better fuel economy than early turbo-props.
The primary function of the Canadair CP-107 Argus MPA was to buy votes in Montreal (only 33 built for the RCAF). The RCAF also bought 39 Canadair-built Bristol Britannia transports (called CC-109 Yukon in RCAF service) which were almost stock.
Britannia's biggest problem was that it reached production about the same time Boeing introduced the 707.
After they wore out their Argus, RCAF bought Lockheed P-3 Orions during the early 1980s.
 
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After they wore out their Argus, RCAF bought Lockheed P-3 Orions during the early 1980s.
Which they then proceeded to make unique by using the electronics from the S-3 Viking instead of a the normal Orion electronics, probably another silly decision.
 

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What about the Westland Lynx HAS.3
(naval variant) as a Standard NATO platform from 1982?
At the end of the day the naval Lynx capability for its size, weight and price was unpresident IMO.
At the end of the day the Denmark, Britain, France, West Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway ended up using the naval Lynx in real-world terms.....

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