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The Lockheed EP-3 is the signals reconnaissance version of the P-3 Orion, operated by the United States Navy.
|Role||Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)|
|National origin||United States|
|Primary users||United States Navy
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
|Developed from||P-3 Orion|
A total of 12 P-3C aircraft were converted to replace older versions of the aircraft, which had been converted in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The aircraft are known by the acronym ARIES, or "Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronic System".
The squadrons that flew the EP-3E also flew the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star from 1962 to 1974 and the Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior from 1960 to 1991. There are 11 EP-3Es in the Navy's inventory, the last of which was delivered in 1997.
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