A US Customs P-3 Orion (Image © Lockheed Martin)

Orion upgrade for US Customs almost done

Lockheed Martin delivered a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft 37 days ahead of schedule, the company announced on Thursday 18 March.

This is the 12th of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications and phased depot maintenance. The MLU replaces the outer wings, center wing, horizontal stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer leading edges. All necessary fatigue life-limiting structures are replaced, leading to significantly reduced maintenance and sustainment costs.

The completion of the aircraft significantly ahead of schedule allows for a quicker return of the aircraft to the CBP P-3 fleet supporting homeland security and drug interdiction missions. The MLU will enable the P-3 Orion to support operators for 20 to 25 more years.

Source: Lockheed Martin
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