Air Platforms

Boeing completes RNZAF P-3K2 Orion UWISR upgrade

18 August 2019

Boeing has completed the underwater intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (UWISR) upgrade of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) six-strong P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) fleet.

Awarded by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) in late 2016, the NZD36 million (USD23 million) contract has covered the integration of new acoustic processing and training simulation technology into the P-3K2 aircraft. The upgrade provides the RNZAF fleet with improved anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability intended to bridge the gap until replacement by the P-8A Poseidon from 2023.

The UWISR project included upgrades and modifications to mission systems and aircraft components, as well as inflight and ground-based simulation for training, spares, and maintenance support.

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