Thrane & Thrane chosen for C-130J Hercules communication upgrades
Thrane & Thrane has been awarded a £15.9 million contract to provide satellite communication components for the US Air Force's fleet of C-130J Hercules aircraft, it has emerged.
The Cobham-owned company will provide the Aviator 700D product which will form part of the air traffic management datalink being built into the aircraft as part of Lockheed Martin's Block 8.1 upgrade for the aircraft.
The upgrade will be carried out on 200 aircraft and is due to be rolled out betweenm 2014 and 2018. The company says the device supports a combination of current Inmarsat cockpit safety provisions as well as SwiftBroadband IP data and voice capability.
'Aviator 700D will support the enhanced communications functionality of this extensive upgrade program for the C-130J,' said Walther Thygesen, CEO of Thrane & Thrane.
'The system functionality, reliability and certification fit the requirements and Thrane & Thrane is well positioned to be a reliable partner throughout the deployment of the upgrade program and the on-going use of AVIATOR 700D.'
The Block 8.1 upgrade will also be implemented on the fleets of a large number of C-130J operators in the UK, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Canada, Norway and the USA.
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