A German Navy (Marineflieger) Lockheed P-3C Orion Update II.5 maritime patrol aircraft at the 2008 ILA airshow at Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany (Image © Marcel Burger)

German Navy upgrades P-3 Orions

A German Navy (Marineflieger) Lockheed P-3C Orion Update II.5 maritime patrol aircraft at the 2008 ILA airshow at Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany (Image © Marcel Burger)
A German Navy (Marineflieger) Lockheed P-3C Orion Update II.5 maritime patrol aircraft at the 2008 ILA airshow at Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany (Image © Marcel Burger)

The German Navy (Marineflieger) will upgrade their eight Lockheed P-3C Orion Update II aircraft, bought from the Netherlands in 2006, through the US Foreign Military Sales program.

For a estimated cost of US$ 250 million the German Orions will see installation of hardware and software to upgrade the aircraft mission computer and acoustic systems, plus non-integrated simulator equipment. Part of the deal will be the ground-based mission support system, which includes the so-called Portable Aircraft Support System and Fast Time Analyzer System. According to the US State Department the upgrades will enhance Germany’s ability to participate in future coalition operations and will promote continued interoperability.

The contract will be executed by Lockheed Martin in Owego (New York), in Marietta (Georgia) and in Manassas (Virginia). A second partner is General Dynamics in Bloomington (Minnesota).

Source: DSCA with additional reporting by AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

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