German P-3C Orion aircraft upgrade awarded to Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin has been contracted to carry out Phase II of the $158.5M German Navy P-3C Mission System Refresh Programme.
The programme will upgrade mission system processing suites across eight German P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. It forms part a wider revamp which includes structural mid-life upgrades and improvements to the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) cockpit capability.
The Germany P-3C Orion Mission System Refresh Programme involves the design, development, manufacture, integration, installation and testing of Lockheed Martin’s Airborne Tactical Mission System. The hardware and software design, manufacture and upgrade will mostly take place at Lockheed Martin’s specialist sites in Owego (New York), Manassas (Virginia) and Marietta (Georgia).
The Airborne Tactical Mission System is an Open Architecture JAVA-based system that provides state-of-the-art software programs with core mission system processing, display and control components.
In addition to the Airborne Tactical Mission System, the Mission System Refresh includes a new acoustic processing system – the Airborne Rack-Mounted Commercial Portable Processor (AR-C2P) – which will ensure long-term sustainability for the P-3 aircraft.
“The P-3 Orion has been the world standard in maritime surveillance for over 50 years,” said Mike McGuire, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems Germany P-3 Programme Manager.
“Lockheed Martin is dedicated to providing solutions and critical needs that our U.S. Navy and international customers rely on to carry out these critical missions. The Mission System Refresh provides critical surveillance capabilities, reduces hardware footprint and supports continued future system sustainment.”
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