Final AMP C-5 airlifter delivered
Lockheed Martin has announced that it has completed delivery of the 79th and final C-5 Galaxy aircraft of the current Avionics Modernisation Programme at a ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on April 27. The company revealed the news 30 April, 2012.
The aircraft will be assigned to the US Air Force Reserve 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.
The programme is the first part of a two-step modernisation process to incorporate a mission computer, a glass cockpit with digital avionics, autopilot capabilities and state-of-the-art communications, navigation and surveillance components for air traffic management. The programme began in 1998.
The second phase of the C-5 modernisation effort is the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Programme. Of the 79 C-5s that received the AMP modifications, 52 will be upgraded with newer, quieter CF-6 engines and more than 70 additional improvements as part of the transition to becoming a C-5M Super Galaxy.
The C-5 can carry twice the cargo of other US strategic airlift systems and is the only strategic airlifter capable of carrying 100 percent of certified air-transportable cargo.
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