Norway seeks P-3 upgrades

Sept. 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Norway is seeking various support systems for four P-3C aircraft.

The Foreign Military Sales deal would cover procurement and installation of four AN/USQ-78B Acoustic Processor Technology Refresh, four AN/ASQ-227 Aircraft Mission Computers, and two Tactical Mobile Acoustic Support Systems, as well as spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The value of the contract is $95 million.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for economic and political stability," the agency said.

The proposed sale would update hardware and ensure the sustainment of data provided to the United States as part of various data sharing agreements already in place with Norway in anti-submarine warfare, it added

The prime contractor would be Lockheed Martin in Owego, N.Y.

Offset agreements associated with this proposed sale are expected, but at this time the specific offset agreements are undetermined and will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and contractors.

Implementation of the proposed sale would require U.S. government and contractor representatives to travel to Norway to participate in periodic program technical reviews, training and support visits, and maintenance and support visits semi-annually for a period of four years.

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