Air­bus com­pletes P-3 Orion mod­erni­sa­tion for Brazil

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Air­bus De­fence and Space has de­liv­ered the last of the nine P-3 Orion anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) air­craft mod­ernised with new sys­tems and avion­ics for the Brazil­ian Air Force (FAB). The air­craft has been fer­ried from Seville, Spain to Sal­vador de Bahía, Brazil, where it will be based.

Air­bus De­fence and Space has in­stalled its fully in­te­grated tac­ti­cal sys­tem (FITS) and a com­pletely new suite of mis­sion sen­sors, com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems and cock­pit avion­ics. In ad­di­tion, the air­craft en­gines and struc­tures were up­dated, ex­tend­ing the fleet´s op­er­a­tional life for many years to come and pro­vid­ing Brazil with a mod­ern and highly ef­fec­tive as­set suit­able for mil­i­tary and civic du­ties in­clud­ing anti-sub­ma­rine, mar­itime pa­trol, search and res­cue, and eco­nomic ex­clu­sion zone en­force­ment.

“This has been a large and com­plex pro­gramme and we are very proud of the work done in up­grad­ing the Brazil­ian P-3 fleet. The FAB now has one of the most mod­ern fleets in its class”, said An­to­nio Ro­dríguez Bar­berán, Head of Com­mer­cial for Mil­i­tary Air­craft with Air­bus De­fence and Space.

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