L-3 Communications has begun upgrading the first of eight ex- US Navy Lockheed Martin P-3B maritime patrol aircraft for the South Korean navy. L-3 project manager Ted Park says the first aircraft arrived at L-3’s Greenville, Texas facility last week, four months behind the initial schedule.

Park says it took longer for the US Navy to reactivate the aircraft and overhaul the engine, propellers and landing gear.

L-3 was set to complete the upgrade on the first aircraft in September 2008, but Park says delivery to South Korea will probably slip four months. “It was a very tight schedule...We’ll still try to make it in 2008, but it will be challenging,” Park says.

Source: Flight International