P-3 Orion Specs
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is one of the best anti-submarine (ASM) and anti-surface ship (ASUS) platforms in the world today. It is currently flown by several nations and is equipped with all of the needed tools to search out and destroy threats. The P-3, introduced in the 1960's has had continual upgrades and has kept up to the forseeable future as one of the best ASM tools. It contains large variety of sensors to detect any intruders. These include, but not limited to, sonobouys, GPS, and magnetic anomaly detection equipment.
Once its target is found the Orion has the teeth it needs to finish the job. It can be armed with torpedoes, mines, depth charges, rockets, and the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Combine these ablilities with its long mission durations, and the P-3 shows that even after 30 years on the job it is still up to the task it was designed for. Infact, the Navy just issued a contract to Lockheed to rebuild the wing structure because no suitable replacement has been found for the P-3 Orion. This rewing will allow another estimated 15,000 flight hours and about 20 more years of service. The P-3 Orion and her crews will continue to serve and protect our nation and its interests for years to come.
|Function:||ASM / ASUS|
|Power Plant:||4 T-56-A-14 Allison Turboprops w/ 4,600 hp each|
|Max Weight:||139,760 lbs|
|Range:||1,345 nautical mi. unrefueled|
|Armament:||20,000 lbs of bombs, depth charges, missiles, and torpedoes|
|Crew:||Normal: 11 Max: 21 Min: 5|