Orions for Argentina

THE ARGENTINE NAVAL Aviation Command will acquire four retired P-3C maritime patrol aircraft from the US under the terms of an agreement with the US Department of Defense.

Although Argentina received six P-3Bs between 1997 and 1999, none of these Orions are currently serviceable. Because the aircraft required major structural upgrades, the government determined it was more cost effective to acquire newer aircraft. Before making the decision to acquire the Orions, the government considered the purchase of two new Airbus C295MPA aircraft.

The Orions will likely be drawn from storage in Tucson, Arizona and deliveries should begin in 2020.

P-3C Orion [US Navy]
A pair of US Navy Lockheed P-3C Orions, assigned to Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40), on the flightline under sunset skies. US Navy/MCS 2nd Class Jakoeb Vandahlen