Canadian CC-130Js complete upgrade
The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) marked the completion of a major upgrade of its 17 CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft on 18 October. The upgraded aircraft have improved maintenance, communication and navigation capabilities.
The final upgraded Hercules was delivered to the RCAF's 436 Transport Squadron by Lockheed Martin on budget and schedule. The upgrade programme began in November 2013, when Lockheed Martin received a contract amendment to modify the CC-130J fleet to meet new global airspace requirements.
Canada's Hercules can now fly more fuel-efficient long-range flights in heavy controlled and congested airspace alongside large commercial aircraft. It can conduct approaches in poor visibility, perform low-level tactical flight manoeuvres and utilise a new encrypted, high-speed Link-16 tactical data link to connect to naval, air and ground forces.
The upgrade includes a new civil-certified global positioning system, flight management system and satellite communications, along with an improved maintenance management system. The aircraft's hydraulic system has also been modified to improve availability and operational effectiveness.
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