July 11, 2016 (by Jennifer Barton) - L-3 Communications announced that its Platform Integration division has delivered an upgraded C-130 aircraft to Argentina as part of a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The delivery was the first of five aircraft scheduled to receive avionics and systems modernization.
L-3 recently completed the first upgraded C-130H aircraft as part of a USAF FMS program to Argentina, shown here is FAA #TC-69 as it was inducted to the L-3 facility in Waco, Texas, November 2014. The delivery was the first of five aircraft scheduled to receive avionics and systems modernization. [Photo: Business Wire]
Under the program, L-3 installed new communication, navigation and air traffic management systems avionics capabilities, as well as a reliability upgrade on critical environmental and power systems to increase mission availability. Several aircraft are slated to be fitted with special electro-optical equipment to expand the mission role of the Argentine Air Force.
"The cockpit avionics and aircraft systems upgrades delivered by our team will increase the mission availability of these C-130 aircraft for the Argentine Air Force and help ensure they continue to fly safely for many years to come," said Mark Von Schwarz, president of L-3 Aerospace Systems, which includes the Platform Integration division. "These L-3 improvements will allow worldwide operations by providing compliance to current and upcoming Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM
The first aircraft installation and integration was performed by L-3 at its facility in Waco, Texas, and the remaining four aircraft will be upgraded at its in-country partner FAdeA’s (Fábrica Argentina de Aviones) modification facility in Córdoba, Argentina, with L-3 support.
Prime contractor L-3 Platform Integration has more than 25 years of experience as an aircraft systems integrator, including modernizing C-130 avionics for hundreds of C-130 aircraft in the U.S. Air Force fleet and international allies. L-3 Platform Integration is supported by partners L-3 TCS, which provided technical publications and a kit for the installation of an L-3 WESCAM MX™-Series electro-optical and infrared imaging and targeting system, and Rockwell Collins.