You have wonder about the wisdom of constantly building new aircraft and ships at the expense of existing ones. Here’s an example from the Defense Industry Daily website.
“Lockheed Martin is to perform mid-life upgrades to
’s P-3 Orion fleet. The Greece Navy
awarded the $141 million modernization contract, which will provide an
extension of service life by 15,000 flight hours. Four P-3Bs will undergo the
structural mid-life upgrade, while Lockheed Martin also will reactivate one
aircraft. Lockheed Martin will also provide for the inclusion of a Greek
indigenous mission integration and management system, new avionics, and other
ancillary hardware and services. The upgrades are to be completed by July 2019.” US
The 15,000 flight hour extension is equivalent to ten years or so, depending on usage rates.
What capability does the P-8 have that we couldn’t have added to the P-3’s? We could add new radars, multi-static sonobuoy analysis, or whatever else.
5 vs 1