The AP-3C Orion is an extremely versatile aircraft, capable of:
- land and maritime surveillance
- anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare
- naval fleet support
- search and rescue operations.
The AP-3C is fitted with a variety of sensors, including:
- digital multi-mode radar
- electronic support measures
- electro-optic high definition camera (infra-red and visual)
- magnetic anomaly detectors
- friend or foe identification systems
- acoustic detectors.
Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, the AP-3C Orion ceased 10 years of operational service in in 2012, and is in the process of a graduated draw down to retirement. The final aircraft is planned for withdrawal in 2023.
The Orion aircraft first entered military service in 1968 as the P-3B model. The P-3C variant was introduced in 1978, and underwent several significant upgrades before it became the current AP-3C Orion, which was introduced into service in 2002.
The AP-3C will be replaced by the P-8A Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton to perform the vital functions of long range maritime patrol.
|Engines||Four Allison T56-A-14 (4600 shaft horsepower each)|