LOCKHEED MARTIN delivered a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft 34 days ahead of schedule on September 23 from its facilities in Greenville, South Carolina. It was the tenth of 14 aircraft in the programme to receive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications and phased depot maintenance.
The aircraft underwent an avionics upgrade modification which included flight station panels and controls, a new autopilot system and an update to the airborne early warning (AEW) mission system computer. This accomplishment allows for a quicker return of the aircraft to the CBP P-3 fleet, which supports homeland security and drug interdiction missions. Alan Warnes