With important North and Baltic Sea considerations I doubt the Germans will go for a 10 year gap in MPA capability like we did.It appears that Germany are looking to replace their eight Orion MPA.
From Defense Industry Daily:
"Replacement in Germany According to Reuters, the naval air arm of the German Navy will look for a replacement of its P-3C. The service has decided against upgrading the aircraft in favor of buying a new platform, a confidential ministry document reviewed by Reuters showed. It has become expensive to maintain the Orion. The alternatives being evaluated are the C295, RAS 72 and P-8A. "
A huge difference in capability between P-8A and the two twin turbo-props mentioned.
I can only assume that the RAS 72 is in-play is because it has been developed in Germany and has been ordered by the navy of Pakistan.[ The RAS 72 – RAS Special Mission Aircraft]