Philip wrote:The IL-38s have been tasked to carry BMos ( from earlier reports) which the P-8Is cannot ( only inferior Harpoons) ,
Can you post pictures of the IL-38's carrying the Brahmos? Or schematics of the intended carriage? You are unlikely to pack multiple Brahmos missiles on the aircraft. The M variant of the missile hasn't even test flown yet and you are looking at a 12-15 year horizon through development, operational testing and integration on the primary platforms (and building up stock). At the end of the day one must logically think through what the intended purpose of an MPA fleet is during high intensity combat operations at range or closer to the shores. The primary responsibility of the crafts, the crews and the networks that link them is to go out and hunt submarines. That is the hardest mission and that is also, incidentally, that chews most of the fleet and training times, and requires the most number of orbits during actual conflict.
Residual capability allows the aircraft to double down and act as a broad area MPA, providing situational awareness and even extending sensor reach. A very minor mission set is that of physically hunting ships and killing them. Once you've located a target you need sensors over it so that you can extend your kill chain. Who launches the physical missile is immaterial at this point as the hard part is finding, fixing, and tracking the target despite countermeasures and deception. The notion that an MPA is some sort of strategic long range bomber that can carry multiple Anti-Ship or surface attack weapons and destroy entire fleets out in the middile of nowhere, thousands of miles from home shores is a fantasy that goes completely against the grain of what most of the crew time is resourced for - hunting submarines and providing electronic and situational awareness over vast oceans.
Philip wrote:BMos- NG is on the anvil which will be carried by several platforms but not the P-8.
Many P-8 operators are integrating new weapons for multiple reasons. Norway joined as a partner and has a seat on the table at the JPO. They are integrating the JSM on the aircraft once it is fully developed and integrated on its primary intended platforms (F-35 and F-16). Australia will likely co-fund this integration effort. Likewise, the USN has launched pre-program activity to integrate its own premier Anti Ship weapon (LRASM) on the P-8 once the primary integration with the Super Hornet is complete (which it is now). There is nothing stopping the IN from requesting the MOD that, a decade from now, the MOD sign up as a JPO partner and fund integration of Indian weapons on the platform just as others are doing already.