EAGAN, Minn., 24 March 2005. Lockheed Martin has delivered the 64th P-3C aircraft modified under the Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) to the U.S. Navy. Lockheed Martin will update a total of five P-3C aircraft in 2005.
The AIP upgrades draw on the latest commercial-off-the-shelf and non-developmental technology to provide the next generation of mission capability for the U.S. Navy P-3C. Lockheed Martin has been the prime contractor and systems integrator since 1994 for the aircraft's avionics, including non-acoustic sensors, communications, survivability and displays and controls.
New workstations, satellite communication capabilities, and enhanced radar, optical and infrared (IR) sensors significantly increase the aircraft's surveillance role. The capabilities provided have enabled the aircraft to be used extensively in all major U.S. combined forces operations, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and others associated with the global war on terrorism.
"We are proud to continue providing these critical updates to the Navy," said Richard F. Ambrose, president of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors' Tactical Systems line of business. "The P-3 aircraft are an integral part of our nation's defense systems, and our upgrades provide enhanced capabilities that expand their role in both humanitarian and military operations."
The P-3 is the primary maritime surveillance aircraft operated by the Navy and 15 international allies. Its roles include anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; command, control communications, computers and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance; search and rescue; drug interdiction; and exclusive economic zone protection.
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