Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has recently been awarded a $27 million contract to upgrade US Customs Service (USCS) P-3B Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft.
Once upgraded, these AEW aircraft will have extensive commonality with the USCS P-3 ‘Slick’ Interceptor aircraft, enhancing the ability of USCS aircrews to safely and effectively fly both aircraft interchangeably.
The aeroplane and mission systems configuration will be modified to a configuration that duplicates that of AEW No. 7, which Lockheed Martin upgraded in 2001.
Some of the changes include a new common glass cockpit featuring a new flight management system, dual-channel digital autopilot, digital engine instruments, tactical display, updated mission system and upgraded radar. A common communications and navigation system update also will be added.
Modification work is scheduled to begin in July 2002 and is expected to be completed by September 2003.