- A Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP) is in progress. The SLAP will determine what actions must be taken to safely extend the airframe service life. SLAP testing started in 2000 and full scale fatigue testing will be completed in 2002. Final teardown and analysis will be conducted in 2003 and 2004.
- The results of the SLAP will be used to define a program of Structurally Significant Inspections (SSIs), which will allow extension of P-3 service life beyond 100 percent Fatigue Life Expended (FLE). SSIs will commence in FY03.
- The Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) will provide an enhanced sensor, C4ISR, and weapon capability. The program includes the incorporation of the Stand-off Land-Attack (SLAM) and Maverick missiles, survivability enhancements, an improved Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system that incorporates Specific Emitter ID (SEI) capability, an advanced imaging radar, and electro-optic sensors. Other upgrades include improved satellite communications, and provisions for near-real-time connectivity of surveillance and reconnaissance data with battle group and national command decision-makers. Fifty-three AIP aircraft will be equipped with the USQ-78 (V) display and control processor which will enhance crew performance by enabling workload sharing and optimizes acoustic sensor performance for ASW operations in littoral waters.
- The P-3C Update III Block Modification Upgrade Program (BMUP) converts P-3C Update II and II.5 aircraft to the Update III system architecture with a goal of one common configuration capable of the use of advanced sensors and weapons. This program will enhance interoperability, replace obsolete components, and reduce support costs of maintaining varied avionics-configured airframes. BMUP aircraft are equipped with the USQ-78 (V) display and control processor that optimizes acoustic sensor performance for ASW operations in littoral waters.
- The replacement for P-3 and EP-3E aircraft will be the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA, see separate program summary).
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