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Collins Aerospace to provide systems for USAF Herc mods

29th August 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Collins Aerospace Systems has been selected by L3Harris Technologies to provide systems for the C-130H Avionics Modernization Program Increment 2 (AMP INC 2) effort for the US Air Force. 

This will result in 176 of the transports that are operated by the Air National Guard US Air Force Reserve being updated with Collins Aerospace’s Flight2 avionics system, and once on contract, some 100 analogue instruments in the existing cockpit will be replaced with seven multi-functional displays, three display units, and a new digital autopilot. 

The company says that these systems will reduce workload, improve pilot situational awareness, and improve the safety and reliability of the C-130H Hercules, extending the life of the 1970s-produced transport aircraft by some 20 years. 

Furthermore, they will make it easier for pilots to overlay flight plans, see nearby points of interest, and view radar and threat information. 

‘Prior to our selection for the AMP INC 2 programme, 190 C-130 aircraft have already been modified, or are on contract to be modified, with our proven Flight2 avionics,’ Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager for Military Avionics and Helicopters at Collins Aerospace, said. 

‘Our history of successful installations played a big role in our selection. These aircraft are important to national security, and by working with L3Harris, our integrated avionics system will support the extension of the life of the planes for another 20 years.’

This new contract will add to Collins’ others systems that have been provided for the C-130, including propellers, wheels, brakes, secure communications, head up displays and enhanced vision systems, and cargo loading systems. 

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