The Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) has been awarded a contract by the UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters (GHQ) to modernise avionics of the UAE Air Force's Lockheed Martin-built C-130 Hercules aircraft.
AMMROC was established as a joint venture company by Mubadala Aerospace, Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin.
As part of the contract, the company will provide complete avionics modifications on the six aircraft in a bid to extend their operational life by an additional 20 years.
The company will use new technologies and computerised systems to convert the avionics from analogue to digital systems onboard the aircraft cockpit. AMMROC CEO Fahad Al Shamesi said that through this contract, the company will help the transition of the UAE aircraft to serve in the 21 century.
"Through its many existing contracts with the UAE Armed Forces, AMMROC looks forward to helping extract value from existing aircraft through providing superior service as the UAE Armed Forces works to extend the longevity of its fleet," Shamesi added.
Built by Lockheed Martin, C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed to support airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting missions.
An upgraded version of the C-130 Hercules, C-130J heavy-lift tactical cargo and personnel transport aircraft features a glass cockpit, digital avionics and four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines.
The aircraft are also in service with air forces from Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Italy, Norway, Qatar and the UK, as well as the US military and Coast Guard.
Expected to commence in the next eight months, work under the contract is valued at AED157m ($42.7m).
Image: C-130 Hercules being loaded during Operation Desert Shield. Photo courtesy of US Airforce.