CBP received a fifth P-3 Orion plane nearly 50 days ahead of schedule in Greenville, S.C., the company said.
The company’s Greenville team has delivered all of those Orions within the past 23 months, said Ray Burick, vice president for P-3 programs and Greenville operations.
Midlife upgrades on the aircraft include the incorporation of a new metal alloy, which increases resistance to corrosion by five times compared to the original material, according to the company.
Structural service life is extended by 15,000 hours and operational use is extended by 20 years, the company said.
Agencies use P-3 Orions for homeland security, hurricane reconnaissance, anti-piracy operations, humanitarian relief, search and rescue, intelligence gathering, antisubmarine warfare, air traffic control operations and natural disaster relief support.