Canadian company IMP Aerospace is to upgrade the Chilean Navy's Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), it announced on 17 October.
The aircraft, which have been in service since 1993, are to receive new wings and stablisers, a digital 'glass' cockpit, and enhanced engines under the mid-life upgrade (MLU) plan, as well as a phased depot maintenance inspection package.
IMP Aerospace will undertake the work at its Halifax facility in Nova Scotia, Canada, beginning in either January or February 2017. The company has experience of this kind of MLU, having previously worked on the Royal Canadian Air Force's CP-140 Aurora fleet.
Once complete, the MLU should keep the Chilean Navy's two remaining P-3A anti-submarine warfare platforms in service for a further 20 years. The type is operated by Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron (VP)-1 at Viña del Mar, about 60 km west of the capital, Santiago.
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