The US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a $186.5m contract to continue providing upgrades and maintenance work for seven P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Lockheed Martin will continue to support the Pakistan Navy’s P-3C Upgrade Program, which began in March 2006. Lockheed Martin has delivered one upgraded surveillance aircraft, which was inducted into the Pakistan Navy in January. A second aircraft is expected to join the fleet in March.
According to Lockheed Martin, 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.
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 US Navy and 17 international allies.