Washington, DC, USA: The Lockheed Martin Corporation has announced that the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command has awarded it a $186.5 million Foreign Military Sale contract to continue providing mission system upgrades and sustainment work for seven P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
"This program represents an important expansion of the U.S. Navy, Pakistan Navy and Lockheed Martin P-3 relationship," said Tom Pillion, U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft director for International Programs. "It provides a world-class maritime surveillance capability to the Pakistan Navy, and will be an important contributor to allied operations."
According to Lockheed Martin, the Pakistan navy's P-3C Upgrade Program, which began in March 2006, has so far seen the delivery of one upgraded surveillance aircraft, which was inducted in January. A second aircraft is expected to join the fleet in March.
Lockheed says that the modified P-3Cs will further enhance the Pakistan navy's capabilities to conduct maritime surveillance in littoral and deep-water environments, supporting anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare operations. The corporation points out that 91 percent of all active-duty P-3's now carry Lockheed Martin's integrated mission system, which will provide Pakistan's navy with world-class performance.
Lockheed Martin is the mission system integrator for the P-3C aircraft's mission avionics, including surveillance sensors, acoustic sensors, weapons control, communications, survivability, displays, and controls. The P-3C weapons system is the primary maritime surveillance aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and 17 international allies.
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