$74.8M to Modify P-3C Wings, Add Land Attack Upgrades

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P-3C & Mk20 Rockeyes(click to view full) Earlier DID articles have noted the extra effort required to preserve the USA’s P-3C Orion maritime surveillance & patrol aircraft in light of airframes that were wearing out, radar upgrades, and even weapons upgrades that have increased demand to include overland operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Lockheed has even started a wing replacement production line for the P-3 aircraft, wehich is currently used by at least 13 countries around the world. Its 737-based successor the P-8A MMA, which DID has also covered, will not begin to enter service until 2011 at the earliest, and UAV supplementation via a Maritime version of Global Hawk or a successor system like the BAMS is still at least a couple of years away even for the USA. A recent pair of contracts focus on two noteworthy areas: wing fixes, and land attack upgrades. Nov 6/06: Lockheed Martin Corp. in St. Paul, MN received a $68.9 million ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-04-D-0082) to exercise an option for the A-Kits, B-Kits, installations, and other support equipment required to convert P-3C Orion Update II.5 aircraft into the P-3 Anti-Surface Warfare (AsuW) Improvement Program (AIP) configuration. […]

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