The Argentine Navy have announced that it has concluded an agreement with the United States to acquire four surplus Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.
The refurbished P-3Cs will replace the Argentine Navy’s inoperable fleet of P-3Bs that it acquired in the late 1990s.
According to local press reports, the terms of the deal stipulate that the four P-3Cs allotted for transfer to Argentina to not have been out of U.S active service for a period greater than two years prior to their delivery.
In addition, the contract includes provisions for an accompanying supply of spares and other technical equipment.
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s.