Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Chilean navy reports it has sent a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to Canada for a major overhaul and upgrade by IMP Aerospace.
The P-3, made by Lockheed Martin, is the first of two P-3 Orions scheduled for upgrade under a 2016 contract with the Canadian firm.
IMP is to upgrade the aircraft's wings and stabilizers, engines, and avionics. The current Allison T56-A10 engines will be replaced with T56-A14 engines. Rockwell Collins' Flight2 avionics suite of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment will be installed to integrate new-generation avionics with legacy sensors, radios, autopilot and aircraft systems.
The overhaul and upgrade will help keep the aircraft operational until 2037, the navy said.