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