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Airbus Defence and Space completes P-3 Orion modernisation programme for Brazilian Air Force

[Johannesburg, 31 July 2014] - Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the last of nine P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft modernised with new systems and avionics for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The aircraft has been ferried from Seville, Spain to Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, where it will be based.

The nine aircraft were acquired by the FAB from the US Navy in 2006, along with three more to be dismantled for spares, and were upgraded at facilities in Seville and Getafe, near Madrid.

In the aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space installed its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) and a completely new suite of mission sensors, communications systems and cockpit avionics. In addition, the aircraft engines and structures were updated, extending the fleet's operational life for many years to come and providing Brazil with a modern and highly effective asset suitable for military and civic duties, including anti-submarine, maritime patrol, search and rescue, and economic exclusion zone enforcement.
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Last updated : 31 July 2014


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