Lockheed Martin has completed overhaul work on a plane the U.S. Customs and Border Protection deploys for drug surveillance and national security missions
The company delivered the P-3 Orion to CBP more than two months earlier than scheduled and this plane is one out of 14 scheduled to be updated under a mid-life upgrade program, Lockheed said Thursday.
“This is the seventh CBP P-3 the Lockheed Martin team has delivered ahead of or on schedule from its facility in Greenville, S.C. since July 2010,“ notes Ray Burick, vice president for modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul for Lockheed’s Greenville site and field team operations.
CBP aims to prolong the P-3’s lifespan by approximately 15,000 hours, which Lockheed says is equivalent to an additional 20 years.
Lockheed uses corrosion-resistant metal alloys to replace old components and parts under the mid-life upgrades.
Orion planes intercepted or seized $8.8 million worth of more than 117,765 pounds of cocaine during fiscal year 2012, the company says