Monday, June 06, 2005

Are they MAD?

I loved playing with P-3's. That is, when they bothered to "brave the weather" and come hunt us. I have watched one fly right by us as we were broached and still miss us. As far as I could tell, their MAD runs were just as effective as everything else, meaning, not very.

This blurb made me take notice, though. Who knows, maybe measuring twelve variations instead of one will make the flyboys more accurate. Or maybe it will give them twelve different erroneous indications. Time will tell, I suppose.


At 7:27 PM, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

PBS - This is how I remember playing with the P3s back in the 1980s with a SSBN.
1) Arrange a meeting place time and Lat Long position.
2) Raise every mast except the radar, need a APS-115 return.
3) Wait to pick up the P3 on ESM.
4) Fire a flare from the signal ejector.
5) Wait for a visual ID on the scope.
6) Fire smoke flare from the signal ejector.
7) START the ASW exercise.
8) Run straight and true until he has his pattern dropped.

OK, maybe we didn't do all that, but pretty close.

As far as a super sensitive MAD system, hopefully the operator won't go mad with all the false positives he gets.

At 6:51 AM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...


Not much different as of a few years ago, but add one - broach. Yes, I am not making it up, we had to broach to get the P-3 to find us, and still he flew over us twice before noticing...


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