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- Apr 16, 2008
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No surprise that the USN is getting pressed to do more with the MQ-25 before it has been to sea. ASW might be an alternate mission. Has there been any technology work that precludes sticking a great big stick out of the back end of the aircraft? If it can be done without significant modification I would think that a good option.
By stick, do you mean MAD? Probably the least important sensor to hang on a modern ASW aircraft, especially one optimized for high level work. There's a reason the P-8 doesn't have one (only partially financial).
The interesting issue with an ASW MQ-25 would be how dedicated it would be. If you could just hang a couple of sonobouy pods in lieu of the hose and drogue, that's easy but leaves you with the issue of how to actually prosecute a target. Adding torpedoes (or HAAWC) would likely displace the sensors into the fuselage, making a much more extensive dedicated conversion.