The Chilean Navy will present the P-3ACH Orion and the AS365 Dauphin at Fidae 2024

The Naval Aviation of the Chilean Navy will be present once again in the International Air and Space Fair (Fidae) presenting the aero-maritime exploration and anti-submarine combat aircraft in the static exhibition Lockheed Martin P-3ACh Orion and the helicopter Airbus AS365 Dauphin.

The aircraft of VP-1 Aeromaritime Exploration Squadron and the rotary wing apparatus of the HU-1 General Purpose Helicopter Squadron They will be part of the most important aerospace, defense and security exhibition in Latin America that will take place from April 9 to 14, on the north side of the Arturo Merino Benítez airport, in Santiago, Chile.

He AS365 Dauphin It is a medium-weight twin-engine helicopter used by the Chilean Navy for liaison, maritime police, and maritime search and rescue tasks. (HE). It has a wingspan of 11.9 m, including rotor, 13.6 m long and 3.5 m high. It has two turbines Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 1C2 and achieves a maximum speed of 175 knots.

Airbus AS365 Dauphin helicopter of the Chilean Navy. Signature Nicolás García

The institution acquired the first four units on the second-hand market and they arrived in the country between 2005 and 2006, receiving the license plates Naval 54, Naval 55, Naval 56 and Naval 57. The second game of four Dauphin was acquired for 18.7 million euros in 2008. The aircraft, built between 1985 and 1987, belonged to the Irish Aviation Corps and were withdrawn from service in 2005. They have the license plates Naval 50, Naval 51, Naval 52 and Naval 53.

A ninth unit, which received the registration Naval 58was incorporated at the end of 2021. This aircraft was manufactured in France in 2007 and had been operated in executive transportation since 2008 by the Chilean company Aerofan SA under the license plate CC-CLJ.

P-3ACH Orion

He P-3ACH Orion It is the main vector of aeromaritime exploration and anti-submarine combat of the Chilean Navy. This aircraft has great autonomy and range that allows it to carry out patrols for more than 12 hours in the country’s extensive EEZ. It is also used in electronic intelligence tasks, trans-horizon target designation and search and rescue. (HE).

In the United States, at the beginning of the 1990s, the institution acquired eight Orion for long-range maritime patrol tasks. Two belonged to the anti-submarine version P-3A and six to the transportation model UP-3A. Half of the fleet was put into service and the rest was used for technical training of ground support personnel and spare parts.

IMP Aerospace The modernization of the first of the two began in 2017. P-3ACH Orion that remained in service at the institution to extend their useful life to more than 15,000 flight hours, which is equivalent to 20 years of operational use. The project, called Albatross IVconsidered depot maintenance work, replacement of wing components and installation of new stabilizers, modernization of avionics and installation of new engines.

Lockheed Martin P-3ACH Orion aeromaritime exploration and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Chilean Navy Signature

The program MLU (Midlife Upgrade) It included the assembly of new Lockheed Martin wing assemblies and involved the replacement of the outer part and the lower center section of the wings in addition to the horizontal stabilizers with components of improved design and greater resistance to corrosion. The aircraft also received an integrated avionics suite Flight2 of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment Collins Aerospace.

The first P-3ACH Oriontuition Navy 404arrived at the facilities owned by IMP Aerospace at the Halifax airport, Nova Scotia, at the end of January 2017 and returned to Chile in November 2019 while the second aircraft, Naval 407began this process in the North American country in May 2018 and returned to the country in April 2021.

 
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