The first of two Chilean Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) undergoing modernisation and mid-life upgrade work in Canada was delivered back to Chile in the first week of December.
Work on the aircraft started in April 2017 under a USD36 million contract awarded to IMP from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The second aircraft, which has been undergoing work since mid-2018, is expected to be ready and delivered within the first half of 2020. The Chilean Navy has a third P-3 in its inventory, which could also potentially be sent to Canada to undergo the same works.
The work performed in Canada included the check and replacement of structural pieces and sections of fuselage and control surfaces that were worn or fatigued, as well as the complete replacement of the wings by LMA.
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