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L-3 awarded US Navy P-3 SMIP contract

29th June 2011 - 09:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


L-3 Communications announced today that its Platform Integration division has been competitively awarded an approximately $104 million contract to perform aircraft sustainment for the US Navy's fleet of P-3, EP-3 and NP-3 aircraft. This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) program follows a previous program awarded to L-3 in 2005.

The Sustainment, Modification and Installation (SMIP) program provides for an intensive depot-level process for P-3 airframe and component inspection and deficiency identification. The program corrects deficiencies to ensure safe and reliable operation, as well as to enhance the aircraft service life expectancy to sustain inventory levels throughout the service period.

"We are extremely pleased to be selected to continue our work keeping the P-3 mission-ready and flying safely," said Nick Farah, executive vice president of L-3 Platform Systems. "Our ability to accomplish airframe sustainment concurrently with system integration will return these aircraft to service rapidly and affordably."

Work will be performed on all types, models and series of P-3 aircraft in the 147-aircraft US Navy fleet.
L-3's SMIP work includes a range of aircraft sustainment and modernization activities, including: P-3 outer wing refurbishment, P-3 outer wing installation, Special structural inspection kits (SSI-Ks), Phased maintenance inspections (PMIs), and Modification/installation programs (MIPs).

Source: L-3 Communications

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