Lockheed Martin’s wing production line for the P-3 Orion Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program has been restarted in Canada and Chile on March 4.
The MLU replaces the outer wings, center wing, horizontal stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer leading edges, the company announced in its press release on Thursday.
All necessary fatigue life-limiting structures are replaced, leading to significantly reduced maintenance and sustainment costs. New alloys are employed that provide a five-fold increase in corrosion resistance.
The P-3 wing line’s last production was in August 2014. The gap in production extended the opportunities for global operators to assess their fleet needs.
The P-3 Orion plays a vital role in maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, drug interdiction, hurricane hunting, fire-fighting and anti-submarine surveillance. Due to the MLU, it will support operators for 20-25 more years.
"The P-3 Orion is the gold standard in maritime reconnaissance," said Mark Jarvis, P-3 program manager. "We are excited to keep this venerable workhorse flying for many years to come."
Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the evolving precision capability of its fiber laser weapon system by disabling the engine of a truck. The demonstration marked the first field testing of an integrated 30-kilowatt, single-mode fiber laser weapon system prototype, the company announced Tuesday in its press release
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The Lockheed Martin Australia has won a contract for supplying a C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid (MFTA) to support aircrew training of Royal Australian Air Force. Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardized curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of C-130 training innovation by Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin has appointed Rodney A. Makoske as senior vice president, Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations and corporate officer and Dana Jackson as vice president and chief technology officer (CTO)
Northrop Grumman has won US Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) contract worth up to $3billion beating Lockheed Martin, Syracuse.com reported Friday
Lockheed Martin has won a $485 million contract to supply precision weapons targeting pods to US Air Force, according to a statement issued by the US Department of Defense (DoD) last Friday. The Sniper is an electro-optical and infrared imaging targeting system that comes encased in a lightweight pod compatible with the latest precision-guided weapons, according to Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin has selected RADA Electronic Industries Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) to support internally funded high energy laser weapon system prototype testing. The radar will be used by Lockheed Martin in combination with other sensors, Israel-based firm RADA announced in its press release on Monday
The US Air force and Lockheed Martin will construct the S-band ground-based radar system to improve the way objects are tracked in orbit and increase the ability to predict and prevent space-based collisions. The radar system is designed to replace the 1960s Air Force Space Surveillance System
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are awaiting a decision on a €8 billion contract to provide warfare equipment, such as jet fighters and missile defense system to Germany and Poland. Federal Republic of Germany is currently assessing whether to purchase Lockheeds new medium extended air defense system, or planned update to Raytheons Patriot product
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