Boeing has been selected to perform the C-130 Avionics Modernisation Program, which has a total potential value of approximately $4 billion. The US Defence Department’s Defence Acquisition Board will sign final contracts pending approval.
Under the program, Boeing will develop a modern, common cockpit avionics system for the approximately 500 C-130 transport aircraft in service with the US Air Force.
The new avionics system is said to feature six digital displays and the flight management system from the 737 commercial airliner, both of which provide navigation, safety and communication improvements to meet Global Air Traffic Management requirements.
Aircraft modifications will be performed by the company at its Boeing Aerospace Support Centre in San Antonio, Texas, as well as by the Air Force at Warner Robins Air Logistics Centre, and Ogden Air Logistics Centre, Utah.
Modification kit installations will begin in 2004 and continue through 2014, and will reach a rate of about 70 per year at peak production.
‘The C-130 AMP represents a major milestone in the convergence of military and civil avionics technology,’ said David Spong, president of Boeing Military Aerospace Support. ‘Our open-system architecture approach benefits from the Boeing investment in the Bold Stroke avionics technology, synergy with our C-17 Globemaster III avionics system, and our proven large-scale avionics integration experience.’
Key suppliers to Boeing on the program include Smiths Industries, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins and Telephonics.