Lockheed Martin to upgrade US Navy C-130T avionics
Lockheed Martin will carry out work to upgrade the avionics and software on multiple US Navy C-130T aircraft under a contract announced on 14 November. The $30 million contract, awarded by the US Naval Air Systems command, is part of the US Navy’s avionics upgrade programme.
The contract will see Lockheed Martin will incorporate the Department of Defense's Future Airborne Capability Environment conformant cockpit, which gives the navy unprecedented flexibility capability for reuse across multiple aviation platforms. The company will also develop and deliver nine initial cockpit kits, providing the navy with the ability to outfit its C-130T aircraft with the latest avionics and software technology, extending the fleet's mission capability for an additional 20 years.
Mark Swymeler, vice president, Electronic Product Line at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business, said: ‘This award validates the navy's confidence in our cockpit solution and expands our product offerings beyond the Common Cockpit for MH-60 helicopters. This programme is an integral part of the Department of Defense's avionics obsolescence upgrade programme and will affordably enhance flight crew situational awareness, productivity and safety.’
According to the company, the contract includes a communication, navigation surveillance/air traffic management capability solution, complete display system upgrade, and will provide significantly improved human machine interface. Work is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2016.
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