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Upgraded IAF C-130 enters testing

19th July 2016 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


A C-130H Hercules aircraft upgraded by Elbit Systems for the Israeli Air Force (IAF) has been put through its paces for the first time, the company has announced.

Elbit Systems is upgrading the IAF’s C-130H aircraft under a contract with the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced in 2012. The work, carried out in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, will keep the aircraft flying until 2040 with improved operational capability, particularly in precision flying, low-level night flight and operations in adverse weather.

The aircraft's system performance was tested in various modes of operation and in a variety of flight altitudes and conditions, in both day and night. The test demonstrated ‘out of the window’ flight, in which live video was displayed on the head-up display (HUD), presenting flight and navigation data overlaying the real world by using two and three dimensional symbols, enhanced degraded visual landing applications and head tracking capabilities. 

Airborne refueling was also demonstrated during the flight test. 

This initial flight test was the first in a series of flight tests, with further testing to be performed in the coming months. 

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