Whilst we were discussing a potential sale of the Boeing P8 Poseidon to the UK should the MoD find a couple of billion down the back of the sofa it is interesting to see that at the lower end of the scale there is development activity.
Indra have also developed a light maritime reconnaissance aircraft based on the Tecnam P2006T aircraft.
Pop over to Naval Technology to read the story
In an older post I had a look at the Tecnam
If you read the information at the link it also describes how the next step is conversion to an optionally manned aircraft.
Read more at the Indra website
Obviously not in the same class and obviously it is not for submarine hunting but for the near offshore role, looks cheap as chips and if equipped with a Seaspray 5000E, AIS and electro-optical turret, non too shabby in the top trumps kit list.
Click here to read the data sheet.
We have seen the optionally manned K-Max in Afghanistan, the NG Firebird and the Diamond DA-42 based Aeronautics Dominator
With recent US reports stating very clearly that unmanned systems are not as cheap to operate as the brochures tell us is the optionally manned option worth a serious look?