U.S. Lockheed Martin will upgrade 12 to sell P-3C anti-submarine aircraft (Figure)
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BEIJING, April 30, according to Taiwan’s China Times reported that Lockheed Martin has made the United States Department of Defense contract will be sold to Taiwan’s 12 U.S. P-3C anti-submarine aircraft upgrade and life extension.
the United States in September 2007 announced its intention to sell 12 P-3C anti-submarine aircraft and related devices to Taiwan. Because the U.S. has already shut down this type of production machine, so the existing aircraft will be selected, or from storage in Arizona selected a large number of aircraft, to integrate, update, expected 2012 delivery.
P-3C is the origin of manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Update, upgrade, life extension, etc. increased from Lockheed Martin bid. Is expected to cost $ 66.56 million yuan, or about NT $ 220 more than one hundred million yuan
Lockheed Martin said the upgrade including the installation of a large number of new devices, such as avionics, underwater listening, communications, electro-optics, infrared, data processing hardware and software, monitors, computers, and life extension projects. Life extension works include installation of new outer end of wing, horizontal stabilizer, engine pylons and so on. In addition, due to long years at sea, flying below the wing outer susceptible to salt corrosion, it will be fully replaced. These updates will enable the aircraft life extension 15,000 hours.
U.S. Department of Defense said that Taiwan’s existing anti-submarine aircraft, nearly life, need new ones, the United States based on Taiwan’s request, to provide for the Taiwan P-3C reconnaissance, protection, command, control, anti-submarine operations, as well as surface warfare missions.