|Air Force Announces C-130 Avionics Modernization Program Contract |
Air Force Announces C-130 Avionics Modernization Program Contract
Washington D.C. -- June 5, 2001 (AFPN) -- The Air Force announced June 4 that Boeing Co. in St. Louis is receiving two contracts to support the Avionics Modernization Program for the C-130 aircraft. No contracts are being awarded at this time and are contingent upon approval by the Defense Acquisition Board.
Paratroopers jump out of a C-130 Hercules belonging to the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Air Force announced June 4 the selection of the Boeing Co., St. Louis, to receive two contracts to support the Avionics Modernization Program for its fleet of C-130 aircraft.
Photo by Airman 1st Class Bradley C. Church
The total value of the engineering and manufacturing development contract will be approximately $485 million. The initial delivery order issued under the aircraft modification, integration and services indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract will be valued at approximately $500,000.
The ceiling through 2013 for the ID/IQ contract is $1 billion.
The first contract provides for engineering and manufacturing development of AMP kits. The second, a long-term indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, provides for aircraft modifications, integration support, and other services outside the scope of the AMP.
Among the highlights of the upgrades are the glass cockpit and heads-up display. All of the 1950's era analog instruments with round dials will be replaced with standard, flat panel, digital displays. The heads-up display allows pilots to gather information while looking outside the cockpit.
Other upgrades include modern multi-function radar, new communications systems to comply with Global Air Traffic Management avionics upgrades to meet Air Force Navigation Safety requirements, a flight management system, and a single air data computer to replace the current three variants. In addition, new instruments will be made compatible with night vision goggles.
The C-130 AMP will continue to give Air Mobility Command and all Air Force C-130 users access to global airspace and effectively conduct the Air Force mission for years.
- C-130 Hercules