The upgrade of five Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport and tanker aircraft of the Argentine Air Force is slowly progressing with L-3 Communications in the United States. Rockwell Collins announced this week it has been contracted for flight avionics by L-3.
“Argentine Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the new avionics onboard these aircraft,” says Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. The Rockwell Collins Flight2 avionics system will provide the Fuerza Aérea Argentina C-130/KC-130 aircraft with new communications, naviagion, surveillance and air traffic management systems required for today’s airspace operations.
Included in the avionics upgrade is a full glass cockpit with new primary flight displays, Required Navigation Performance / Area Navigation flight management system with High Altitude Release Point/Computed Air Release Point precision air drop software. Additional equipment includes an autopilot, communication and SATCOM radios, APN-241 precision ground mapping radar integration, navigation sensors and surveillance systems including Traffic Collision Avoidance System, Terrain Awareness and Warning System and digital map.
The first aircraft integration and installation being performed by L-3 Platform Integration, the prime contractor for this upgrade program, is at its facility in Waco, Texas. The remaining four aircraft will be upgraded at the FAdeA modification facility in Cordoba, Argentina, with L-3 support.
Despite the official US State Department announcement of the upgrade contract in October 2011 speaks of C-130Hs, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina flies a mixture of types, comprising of one KC-130 tanker aircraft and four Hercules dedicated airlifters of the L-100-30, C-130B and C-130H types.
Source: Rockwell Collins, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): An Argentine Air Force C-130 on a medevac mission at the Marambio Base in the Antarctics in January 2015 (Image © Fuerza Aérea Argentina)