The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. The P-3M Orion in use with the Spanish Air Force were modified by EADS-CASA from five former Royal Norwegian Air Force P-3B aircraft. They were updated with a new sensor suite and new sensors including: an Elta-2022 radar, SPAS-16 acoustic processor, new 99-channel sonobuoy receiver and AMES-C ESM system.
Lockheed P-3C Orion
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. The P-3C used by the German Navy were procured from the Nederlands 2005-06 and became fully operational in 2008.
The P-3 Orion’s main role with the EU Naval Force as Maritime Patrol and Reconnaisance Aircraft (MPRA) is long-range maritime reconnaissaince. The MPRA is also used for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions.