Ray Burick, vice president of P-3 programs for Lockheed Martin, has the first full presentation of the morning. His presentation is titled Enabling Operational Effectiveness for Decades to Come, which is also the theme of the conference.
Ray encourages attendees to interact with each other to acheive the IOSC mission: share collective successes and resolve challenges.
This year, Ray says he challenged Lockheed Martin presenters to give more detail about what the company does to enable operators to fly their aircraft.
The P-3 Orion has a broad operator community. More than 430 aircraft are still in service, with 21 operators in 17 nations. Each operator has different demands, depending on fleet size, so Lockheed Martin works to tailor offerings to operator requirements.
Lockheed Martin looks at three areas of support to sustain, refresh and support.
Ray's example of a customer that focuses on all three elements is U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Sustainment includes organizations, intermediate, embedded support and depot maintainence.
The program has invested in researching the benefits of adding winglets to the P-3. There will be more detail of research investments in later presentations.