Mark Jarvis, the Lockheed Martin director of P-3 Production and Design gave a status update on the P-3 Mid Life Update program. He noted that some additional center wing planks have been added to the basic MLU kit. These planks will be retrofitted on existing kits and standard equipment on future kits. A couple of other parts have also been added to the core kit.
A total of 27 MLU kits have been delivered to far, with kits delivered to all five customers -- US Customs and Border Protection, Norway, the US Navy, Canada, and Taiwan. Mark noted that Customs now has three aircraft back in service. Norway returned its first aircraft back into service just a few months ago. The US Navy has received 10 kits so far.