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P-3 Orion

P-3 Orion Double-Eagle

The World Standard in Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The P-3 Orion is a peerless airborne hunter. Its reputation as the ultimate submarine finder was earned through nearly 50 years of service, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to round-the-clock patrols throughout the Cold War.

With 435 aircraft worldwide operated by 21 governments and agencies in 17 countries, the P-3 remains a relied-upon asset today. Time and time again, the P-3 proves that it is remarkably well adapted for maritime patrol and support. 

Uniquely suited as the world’s premier multi-mission maritime long-endurance aircraft, the P-3 performs air, surface and subsurface patrol and reconnaissance tasks over extended periods and far from support facilities. Recently, the P-3 provided support for Operation Unified Assistance in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina, Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden, and the BP Horizon oil rig disaster in the U.S. No other aircraft is better suited for these missions, and Lockheed Martin’s P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade Program will help ensure the P-3 is mission ready for decades to come.

P-3 Orion

P-3 Orion in action.

P-3 Orion First Flight with MLU Installed

First flight of the P-3 Orion with Mid-life Upgrades (MLU) improvements installed - 19 July 2010

P-3 Orion

P-3 Orion in action.

Setting the Standard for Maritime Patrol

The P-3 performs air, surface and subsurface patrol and reconnaisance tasks over extended periods.

Defining Aerial Maritime Patrol

The P-3 has defined aerial maritime patrol and reconnaissance for nearly four decades.

Midlife Upgrade (MLU) Program

The MLU program ensures uninterrupted service for an additional 20 to 25 years.

24/7 Patrol

P-3s are on patrol 24/7 performing vital mission around the globe.

360-Degree Detection

The sophisticated electro-optical offers 360-degree day and night detection and identification

Performing Missions Around the World

There are 435 P-3s operated by 21 governments and agencies in 17 countries – including this CP-140, which is operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Setting the Standard for Maritime Patrol

The P-3 performs air, surface and subsurface patrol and reconnaisance tasks over extended periods.

For P-3 Orion aircraft technical support, contact our technical support center at 1-800-952-6569 or orion.support@lmco.com.

first Canadian MLU CP-140

Canada P-3 -2da

The Royal Canadian Air Force received its first MLU CP-140 Orion on December 9, 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They accepted delivery of the airplane from IMP Group Limited, Aerospace Division. Read more in the IMP news release.