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First French C-130H cockpit modernised

25th July 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Collins Aerospace Systems has completed the first C-130 Hercules cockpit modernisation for the French Air Force, the company announced on 23 July.

The company is working to modernise 14 French C-130s and support the on-going certification flight test campaign, in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France under a contract awarded in 2016.

The fleet is being equipped with the Collins Aerospace Flight2 avionics solution and dual HGS-4500 Head-Up Guidance (HGS) with EVS-3000 multispectral enhanced vision system to improve pilot situational awareness. An EO/IR camera for asset detection is also integrated into the HGS.

Following the first flight and qualification of the first two aircraft by the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) Collins Aerospace, together with Sabena Technics, will deliver modification kits to the Service Industriel de l’Aéronautique (SIAé) to complete the installation on the remaining 12 French C-130Hs in the fleet. 

Flight2 enables C-130H compliance with the most recent International Civil Aviation Organization, and provides commonality for optimised support and maintenance across other French Air Force platforms such as E-3, AWACS, KC-135 and HUD commonality on the C-130J. 

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