The American company L-3 gave the U.S. Navy first restored coastal patrol aircraft P-3C Orion, reports Flightglobal. Work on the aircraft were produced under applets maintenance, modifications and upgrades (SMIP) aircraft Orion. Agreement to restore P-3C, facing the U.S. Navy in 1971, was awarded to L-3 in 2011.
In total, over 147 SMIP must pass Orion aircraft of different options. Within applets aircraft repairs were made to the substitution of the wings of the details, check the technical state of the structure and the substitution of the onboard equipment. In November 2010, the U.S. Navy has decided to extend the life of P-3C right up to 2019.
U.S. Navy often extend the life of Orion. Initially planned to write off all the aircraft in 1990 and replace them with new P-7, from which the first development of the 1990s military refused because the highest price. Currently the average flight P-3C U.S. Navy exceeds 16 thousand hours. Project resource aircraft was initially set at 7.5 thousand hours.
Also applets recovery SMIP Orion also pass through the modernization program from ARTR. First 10 aircraft, improved within ARTR, the U.S. Navy received in January 2011. Aircraft received the latest management system C4 (Command, Control, Communications, Computers — command, control, communications and computing) and communication systems standard Link 16.