Last Upgraded P-3C Orion Delivered to the RNLN

Released on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
P-3C Orion
RNLN - Royal Netherlands Navy
Lockheed Martin today delivered the 10th upgraded P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft originally contracted by the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command as part of a foreign military sale to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).

Under the 2001 contract, Lockheed Martin was awarded more than $73 million to upgrade 10 P-3C aircraft to a unique customer configuration which included advanced computer processing and mission systems integration capabilities; improved communications systems; and state-of the-art acoustic and non-acoustic sensors. The first upgraded aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Navy in November 2003.

Lockheed Martin provides the program management, systems engineering, mission systems and sensors for the aircraft, as well as aircraft upgrades and modifications.

Today's delivery highlights the work of Lockheed Martin's Maritime Surveillance Enterprise, a horizontally-integrated team of three Lockheed Martin business units that work on maritime surveillance aircraft for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and international P-3 operators. This organization provides P-3 aircraft customers with a single point to sustain, refresh and support the aircraft, as well as access to a cross-functional team working to meet evolving maritime, land and air surveillance customer needs.

The P-3C is the primary maritime surveillance aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and 15 international allies. Its roles include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and network-centric warfare, such as command, control and communications. Additionally the capabilities of the P-3C make it an ideal platform for a number of secondary missions, including search and rescue, drug interdiction, airborne early warning and electronic warfare.


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