The World Standard in Maritime Patrol Aircraft
With more than 400 aircraft worldwide flown by 21 operators in 17 countries, the P-3 remains a relied-upon asset today. Time and time again, the P-3 proves that it is remarkably well adapted for maritime patrol and support.
Uniquely suited as the world’s premier multi-mission maritime long-endurance aircraft, the P-3 performs air, surface and subsurface patrol and reconnaissance tasks over extended periods and far from support facilities. Recently, the P-3 provided support for Operation Unified Assistance in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina, Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden, and the BP Horizon oil rig disaster in the U.S. No other aircraft is better suited for these missions, and Lockheed Martin’s P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade Program will help ensure the P-3 is mission ready for decades to come.
P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade Program
The P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Program is part of Lockheed Martin’s sustainment offerings and the only certified, low-risk and cost-effective solution to extend aircraft service life.
The P-3 MLU Program is the answer to maintaining effectiveness and reliability in a critical global economy. It consists of a life extension kit replacing the aircraft outer wings, center wing lower section and horizontal stabilizer with new production components. MLU removes all current P-3 airframe flight restrictions and provides 15,000 additional flight hours, greatly enhancing capability leveraged with cost-effectiveness. The design replaces all fatigue-life-limiting structures on the aircraft with enhanced-design components and new improved corrosion-resistant materials that will greatly reduce the cost of ownership over the aircraft’s remaining service life. This is an affordable solution that Lockheed Martin has proven can be installed in 11 months.
The MLU program greatly reduces the cost of ownership over the aircraft’s extended service life and will help ensure the P-3 is mission ready for decades to come.
P-3 Source Point
P-3 Source Point is a Lockheed Martin customer product support program that provides sustainment services to P-3 operators. A portal between operators, Lockheed Martin, and subcontractors P-3 Source Point aligns customer requirements with sustainment solutions (spares, sustainment engineering, repairs, systems engineering, etc.). It also affords Lockheed Martin near-daily interaction with customers and suppliers, while providing insight into the P-3 world and operators one point of contact .