$81.2M to Help Keep P-3 Fleet FlyingMay 23, 2005 02:28 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD is exercising a contract option with Lockheed Martin Services Inc. for P-3 Orion aircraft phased depot maintenance, special structural inspections, and enhanced special structural inspections. Lockheed’s Aircraft and Logistics Center in Greenville, SC is receiving an $81.2 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (N00019-03-D-0007). Work will be performed in Greenville, SC and is expected to be complete in May 2006.
As DID noted in our coverage of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft, the current U.S. fleet of approximately 195 P-3s are reaching the end of their airframe lives. These kinds of special inspections are required to keep these patrol aircraft flying safely, especially when their loiter time and surveillance capabilities are proving valuable in war theaters like Kosovo and Afghanistan, as well as their classic maritime patrol role. See more DID stories about the P-3 Orion