British Choose Nimrod Over P-3
In July, the British finally announced their choice for a Nimrod replacement: BAe’s Nimrod 2000. Although BAe was teamed with Boeing for the airplane’s combat system, the British Ministry of Defence will demand that Nimrod 2000 be equipped with a British GEC-Marconi combat direction system, based on the Nautis surface ship system. The BAe/Boeing team beat out a Lockheed Martin/GEC team offering Orion 2000, a new-build P-3 equipped with the GEC Nautis system. The British choice offers some insights into the role of perception versus reality in current procurement.