Inflight200 IFP3IAF001 – 1/200 Scale P-3F Orion Diecast Model
Inflight200 IFP3IAF001 diecast model replicates in 1/200 scale diecast model of the Lockheed P-3F Orion, S/N 5-8701 of the 71 ASW Squadron, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF).
The Imperial Iranian Air Force received six P-3F Orions, based on the P-3C in the late 1970s. The P-3F did not have the ASW suite or mission computer of the P-3C, with most of the displays and processors from the P-3A and P-3B.
Inflight200 1/200 scale Lockheed P-3F Orion diecast model details
|Length||17.8 cm||7.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.2 cm||5.98 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
Lockheed P-3 Orion
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is land-based, four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft based on the L-188 Electra airliner. The maiden flight took place on August 19, 1958, with the first aircraft going to VP-8 and VP-44 US Navy in August 1962. Designated as P3V-1, this changed to P-3 Orion in September 1962 when the US military introduced a unified designation system. The airframe differed from the Lockheed L-188 Electra with the forward fuselage 2.1 m (7 feet) shorter, a bomb bay, modified nose radome, tail “stinger” and wing hardpoints.
The Orion has served with numerous countries for over 50 years. Principally for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare (ASUW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. Kawasaki manufactured the P-3C in Japan under license. Over its lifetime the P-3 Orion has undergone numerous upgrades, chiefly in electronics. The P-8A Poseidon is replacing the P-3 in US Navy service.
The airframe is constructed principally of aluminium alloy. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque structure with a 2.03 (6.7 ft) wide by 3.91m (12.8 ft) long bomb bay in the forward section. The rear houses 48 sonobuoy launch tubes that are externally loaded. An addition four launch tubes can be loaded internally during flight. The wings are a cantilevered, trapezoidal shape; low mounted with 6° of dihedral. The leading edge is straight with a swept forward trailing edge. Wing flight controls include hydraulically boosted ailerons and Fowler trailing-edge flaps. The tail unit is a cantilever design with a single fin and fixed incident dihedral tailplane. Elevators and rudder have a hydraulic boost. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type. The steerable twin-wheeled nose unit retracts forward into the fuselage. The twin wheeled main landing gear retract forward into the inner engine nacelles.
The P-3C is equipped with AN/APS-137(V) multi-mission surveillance radar and Infra Red Detection System (IRDS). Anti-submarine warfare equipment includes the AN/ARR-78(V) and AN/ARR-72 sonobuoy receiving systems. Two AQA-7 Directional Acoustic Frequency Analysis Systems with an AQH-4 (V) acoustic recorder. The sensor suite also includes an ASQ-81 magnetic anomaly detector housed in a fibreglass tail boom and ASA-65 magnetic compensator. The airborne electronic surveillance receiver, ALQ-78(V) primarily to detect and locate submarine radar. Maritime surveillance radar and a FLIR Systems.
The electronic warfare systems include an ALR-66 Radar Warning Receiver, ALR-95(V)2 Specific Emitter Identification/Threat Warning. The ASO-2V decoy dispenser to deploy chaff and flares. Communications systems include an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder.
The number and composition of the crew vary depending on the variant and country of service. A US navy-3C crew would typically consist of ten, three pilots, tactical coordinator, navigator/communications operator, two acoustic sensor suite operators, electromagnetic sensors systems operator, ordnance crew member and the flight technician.
The Orion uses four wing-mounted Allison T56 turboprops, driving four-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers. Once on station, up to two engines can be shut down to conserve fuel. The T56 was developed initially for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
- Hardpoints: 10 hardpoints, three on each wing and two on each wing root and eight stations in the internal bomb bay. Capable of carrying up to 9,100 kg (20,000 lb) of payload
- Ordnance: Air-to-surface missile, AGM-84 Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM-ER), Depth charges, cluster and general purpose bombs. As well as torpedoes, sea mines, active and passive sonobuoys.
Performance (P-3C Orion)
- Maximum speed: 750 km/h (466 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 610 km/h (379 km/h)
- Range: 4,400 km (2,734 mi)
- Combat radius: 2,490 km (1,547 mi) three hours on-station at 1,500 feet
- Ferry range: 8,944 km (5,557 mi)
- Endurance: 16 hours
- MTOW: 64,400 kg (142,000 lb)
- Service ceiling: 8,625 m (28,300 ft).
Inflight200 IFP3IAF001 – 1/200 scale diecast model of the Lockheed P-3F Orion, S/N 5-8701, 71 ASW Squadron, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF)