Taiwan awards deal for P-3C upgrades

EAGAN, Minn., March 20 (UPI) -- Taiwan has contracted Lockheed Martin to support upgrades on a fleet of maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

U.S. company Lockheed Martin was contracted to provide electronic and communication system upgrades, among other improvements, on the Taiwanese navy's P-3C Orion maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.


Under the $665.6 million deal, Lockheed Martin will upgrade the P-3C aircraft, which officials said would extend the service life of the aircraft by an additional 15,000 flight hours.

"The Lockheed Martin team is committed to providing the Taiwan navy with state-of-the-art maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft," Rick Udicious, Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems vice president and general manager, said in a statement.

"These upgraded aircraft will allow for continued mission-system enhancements over many years of extended operational life."

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