Greece requests P-3 Orion upgrade

Here, a United States Navy P-3C Orion approaches the runway of Souda Bay, Crete, in Greece (Image © US Navy)
Here, a United States Navy P-3C Orion approaches the runway of Souda Bay, Crete, in Greece (Image © US Navy)

Greece has requested approval from the US State Departement for modification and reactivation of two Lockheed P-3B Orion aircraft and the upgrade of up to a further five P-3Bs. The deal is worth 500 million USD and also includes associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said this week.

Upgrade of the Greek Orion involves structural Mid Life Upgrades (MLU), Phased Depot Maintenance (PDM), Mission Integration and Management Systems (MIMS), and new flight avionics. The MLU kits will provide service life extensions for 15,000 flight hours, spare and repair parts, repair and return, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment.

The overhaul and upgrade allows the Hellenic Navy to resume operations of its P-3B aircraft for land-based maritime patrol and reconnaissance, surveillance and protection of areas of national interest. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin

Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency