Three competitors, offering distinctly different airframe approaches, are awaiting responses to their final bids for the U.K.'s replacement maritime patrol aircraft program. The competition pits British Aerospace's plan to rebuild and upgrade existing Nimrod aircraft against Lockheed Martin's offering of new production P-3 Orion 2000s and Loral's proposal to upgrade older, excess U.S. Navy P-3A/Bs. A decision is expected by July. A contract is scheduled to be awarded by the fall with ...

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