Germany to order MRO platforms for Orion base
German defence procurement agency BAAINBw has opened a tender to replace MRO equipment for the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
Work will be carried out for the German Navy at Cuxhaven, where P-3Cs are flown by Marinefliegergeschwader 3.
The deadline for bids is 5 July, according to a notice published on the official EU tenders portal.
The overall contract, divided into lots, comprises four articulated telescopic platforms (two of which must be air-transportable) and two scissor-lift work platforms.
BAIINBw will issue a contract with an undisclosed value to start in December 2021.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the German Navy inventory includes a total of eight P-3Cs but new platforms will replace these, potentially five P-8A Poseidons or the Maritime Airborne Warfare System (aircraft that would be procured jointly with France).
Lockheed Martin embarked on a five-year upgrade of the German P-3C fleet in 2017, including modernisation of the mission computers on the maritime patrol aircraft.
However, in June 2020 the German MoD announced that the upgrade work on P-3Cs would be suspended due to higher-than-expected costs and technical problems.
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