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Saturday, January 16, 2010

PICTURES: Pakistan's navy receives second refurbished P-3 Orion

Lockheed Martin has delivered its second of seven refurbished P-3C maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft to the Pakistan navy.

Handed over at the US Navy's NAS Jacksonville site in Florida on 7 January and subsequently flown to Pakistan, the aircraft follows an earlier refurbished example that was delivered in October 2009.

Carrying the service registration 87, the latest aircraft is drawn from a 2006 contract placed via the US government's Foreign Military Sales framework. This covers the conversion of ex-USN Orions, with Lockheed upgrading their mission equipment and providing maintenance work.


"The aircraft support anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare missions and will enhance Pakistan's ability to conduct maritime surveillance in littoral and deep-water environments," Lockheed says. (sourceflightglobal)