Friday, December 04, 2015

Submarine QOTW - 4 DEC 2015

Background

Today's submarine questions arise from the perspective of a very formidable overhead hunter.  Take a good look at the Navy's P8-A Poseidon which, since 2013, has been gradually replacing its fleet predecessors, the P-3 Orions as the chief U.S. maritime patrol aircraft .
 

Questions of the Week

1 - What are this aircraft's stated missions?

2 - How much (approximately) does each unit cost befor add-ons?

3 - Ultimately, the Navy plans to buy 108 P-8A aircraft from Boeing. What percentage of the service‚Äôs fleet of  P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, which are approaching the end of operational life are slated for replacement?

4 - What operation is executed in the photo above?

5 - What is the purpose of the incendiaries shown?

6 - How does the aircraft defend itself?

7 - Aircraft missile warning systems typically operate at ultraviolet wavelengths to detect plumes of incoming heat-seeking missiles. Ultraviolet sensors, however, are best at detection of relatively older missiles.  Why?  

8 - What modernized development is used to thwart newer missiles in a more chaotic battle environment?
   
 ANSWERS:  Wednesday, 9 DEC 15.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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