Lockheed Martin Delivers Fourth Upgraded CBP P‑3 Orion In Record Time

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 23, 2012 – Lock­heed Mar­tin [NYSE: LMT] deliv­ered the fourth P‑3 Ori­on with new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) mod­i­fi­ca­tions to U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion two months ahead of sched­ule on Jan. 20.

The MLU instal­la­tion and phase depot main­te­nance (PDM) were accom­plished in record time of 11 months at Lock­heed Martin’s Greenville facil­i­ty. “I am very proud of the Lock­heed Mar­tin team in Greenville for demon­strat­ing that we can pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant val­ue with our OEM knowl­edge, high qual­i­ty work and our com­mit­ment to meet­ing our customer’s deliv­ery sched­ule,” said Ray Burick, vice pres­i­dent for P‑3 Pro­grams and Greenville Oper­a­tions.
This is the fourth MLU P‑3 deliv­ery to CBP in 18 months. It joins the CBP P‑3 MLU fleet that sup­ports home­land secu­ri­ty and drug inter­dic­tion mis­sions. In FY 2011, CBP Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P‑3 air­craft pro­vid­ed more than 34 per­cent of total Joint Inter­a­gency Task Force South air mis­sion on-sta­tion hours. CBP P‑3 air­craft were direct­ly involved in the inter­dic­tion of more than 153,000 pounds of drugs seized or dis­rupt­ed, rep­re­sent­ing 62 per­cent of JIATF‑S seizures. The total esti­mat­ed street val­ue of this con­tra­band is over $1.8 bil­lion. OAM P‑3 air­crews par­tic­i­pat­ed in the major­i­ty of self-pro­pelled, semi-sub­mersible inter­cepts by JIATF‑S.
“U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion mis­sions are vital in pro­tect­ing and strength­en­ing our nation’s secu­ri­ty,” said John Nor­ris, Lock­heed Mar­tin P‑3 CBP pro­gram man­ag­er. “Through a strate­gic part­ner­ship, Lock­heed Mar­tin pro­vides the U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion team with afford­able enhance­ments to keep its P‑3 Ori­on fleet oper­at­ing at opti­mal per­for­mance lev­els for decades to come.”
The MLU replaces all fatigue life-lim­it­ing struc­tures with enhanced-design com­po­nents and incor­po­rates a new met­al alloy that is five times more cor­ro­sion resis­tant than the orig­i­nal mate­r­i­al, great­ly reduc­ing the cost of own­er­ship for P‑3 oper­a­tors. The MLU solu­tion removes cur­rent air­craft flight restric­tions and extends the struc­tur­al ser­vice life of the P‑3 up to 15,000 hours, adding more than 20 years of oper­a­tional use.
The P‑3 Ori­on is the stan­dard for mar­itime patrol and recon­nais­sance, and is used for home­land secu­ri­ty, hur­ri­cane recon­nais­sance, anti-pira­cy oper­a­tions, human­i­tar­i­an relief, search and res­cue, intel­li­gence gath­er­ing, anti­sub­ma­rine war­fare and, recent­ly, to assist in air traf­fic con­trol and nat­ur­al dis­as­ter relief sup­port.
Head­quar­tered in Bethes­da, Md., Lock­heed Mar­tin is a glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny that employs about 126,000 peo­ple world­wide and is prin­ci­pal­ly engaged in the research, design, devel­op­ment, man­u­fac­ture, inte­gra­tion and sus­tain­ment of advanced tech­nol­o­gy sys­tems, prod­ucts and ser­vices. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from con­tin­u­ing oper­a­tions were $45.8 bil­lion.