Navy awards P-3 sustainment contract

June 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- L-3 Communications' Platform Integration division has been contracted for aircraft sustainment for the U.S. Navy's fleet of P-3, EP-3 and NP-3 aircraft.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award follows a previous program awarded to L-3 in 2005 and is worth about $104 million.

"We are extremely pleased to be selected to continue our work keeping the P-3 mission-ready and flying safely," said Nick Farah, executive vice president of L-3 Platform Systems. "Our ability to accomplish airframe sustainment concurrently with system integration will return these aircraft to service rapidly and affordably."

The Sustainment, Modification and Installation program provides for an intensive depot-level process for P-3 airframe and component inspection and deficiency identification. The program corrects deficiencies to ensure safe and reliable operation, as well as to enhance the aircraft service life expectancy to sustain inventory levels throughout the service period.

Work will be performed on all types, models and series of P-3 aircraft in the 147-aircraft U.S. Navy fleet.

L-3's SMIP work includes a range of aircraft sustainment and modernization activities, including P-3 outer wing refurbishment; P-3 outer wing installation; special structural inspection kits; phased maintenance inspections; and modification/installation programs.

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