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More upgrades for C-130J

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2020, 23:04
by edpop
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics won a $16.2 million contract for the C-130J center wing box replacement program. The deal provides for 14 enhanced center wing boxes and 14 component kits. The C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. C-130J is crewed by two pilots and a loadmaster. The new glass cockpit features four L-3 systems with multifunction liquid crystal displays for flight control and navigation systems. The C-130J is equipped with a Honeywell dual-embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation system (GPS/INS), an enhanced traffic alerting and collision avoidance system (E-TCAS), a ground collision avoidance system, SKE2000 station keeping system, and an instrument landing system (ILS). Work will take place in Marietta, Georgia, and estimated completion date is March 30, 2027.

Re: More upgrades for C-130J

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2020, 11:59
by mekong68
These are likely just ESL replacement CWBs. Originally when produced, the C-130J did not come with ESL CWBs and then production changed to include ESL CWBs. THat being said, the first bunch of C-130Js will have to have CWBs replaced fairly early (will be replaced with ESL CWBs). USAF has already started replacing those non-ESL CWBs with ESL CWBs.

Re: More upgrades for C-130J

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2020, 16:50
by neptune
edpop wrote:Lockheed Martin Aeronautics won a $16.2 million contract for the C-130J center wing box replacement program. The deal provides for 14 enhanced center wing boxes and 14 component kits. ..... Work will take place in Marietta, Georgia, and estimated completion date is March 30, 2027.

....."The USAF prices full center wing box replacement at $6.5-$7 million, and expects to convert about 18 aircraft per year at peak production. By 2020, 155 C-130s will have new center wing boxes from the C-130J production line. Needless to say, the 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group at Robins AFB is a busy unit.", 2007 plan.
....."“The C-130 center wing box replacement program replaces time-limited center wing boxes on applicable variants of the C-130s. Center wing box installations are underway at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center for legacy C-130s and C-130Js as flight hours require,” Maj. Emily Grabowski, Air Force spokeswoman"..., 2018 plan.
...."In accordance with the TCTO, in-depth visual and modified nondestructive inspections of the wing box are being conducted on affected C-130H and J-model aircraft that have not received the extended service life center wing box and have greater than 15,000 equivalent flight hours.".... 2019 follow-on.
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