Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Two Upgraded P-3C Orion Aircraft for Pakistan Navy

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently delivered two of seven upgraded P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan under the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program.The most recent aircraft delivery occurred on Jan. 7 to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., for subsequent transfer to Pakistan. Lockheed Martin delivered the first plane in October 2009.

Lockheed Martin is upgrading the P-3Cs' aircraft and mission systems and providing maintenance under a 2006 contract from the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command. The aircraft support anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare missions and will enhance Pakistan's ability to conduct maritime surveillance in littoral and deep-water environments. The aircraft are designed to have a single integrated tactical picture of the battle space, drawing upon data from aircraft sensors and information from other platforms.

"These aircraft incorporate a variety of enhanced features including communications, electro-optic and infrared systems, data management, controls and displays, mission computers and acoustic processing," said Mike Fralen, director for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors' maritime surveillance programs.

The P-3 is the primary maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and 16 allied countries. Its roles include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, drug interdiction, economic zone patrol, airborne early warning and electronic warfare.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.


The US must have bugged the communication equipment to listen to the Pakistani conversations in case of future war.

It is a good news to keep balance of power in the region and to avoid any adventure form any side.

any side

How about Inside??

Anyway, US never learns easily.

its a growing belief that american supplied weaponry may have kill switches and or spying sensors but thats not for sure. may or may not be the case. pakistan is already aware of such issues and these are being taken care of in many ways.

I concur. If US is smart, Pak is smartest. It sure does know how to play with US. A dangerous game, though.

there's no playing in it. basically its called breaking the trust. because kill switches (if any) are not part of the contracts and equipments and everyone knows what they are there for (if they are there). no country buys weapons for drawing rooms. grow up.

nice paint job at the rear... :D

No Pakistan leader is stupid enough to go to war with America, look at Iraq. Just be polite to them and eventually they will find something else to occupy them.

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