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IMP Aerospace awarded Chilean navy contract

Aircraft work will be completed within IMP's Halifax, Nova Scotia facilities


October 17, 2016
Michael Power

HALIFAX—IMP Aerospace has been awarded a contract by the Chilean Navy (ACH) following an international competitive bidding process for the service life extension, depot maintenance and avionics upgrade of their P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

The ACH P-3 Orion aircraft play a critical role in detecting submarine threats, search and rescue, littoral/overland surveillance and economic zone and shipping lane protection.

The ACH Orion III Program entails the embodiment of the Lockheed Martin P-3 Structural Mid-Life Upgrade modification on two ACH P-3A aircraft, as well as the design and installation of a state-of- the-art “glass cockpit,” installation of upgraded engines, and a phased depot maintenance inspection package.

The aircraft work will be completed within IMP’s Halifax, Nova Scotia facilities and will be preceded by work on the avionics installation design, avionics kit procurement and aircraft nacelle refurbishment.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this contract for the Chilean Navy to modernize their P-3 Orion fleet with advanced avionics and a full structural upgrade,” said Tom Galley, IMP Aerospace executive VP and COO. “IMP Aerospace has a well-established capability in performing extensive aircraft modifications of this nature, and we are proud to support the Chilean Navy on this important upgrade to their strategic fleet of maritime patrol aircraft.”