Lockheed Martin has secured six new contracts, with a total value of $198.4m, to improve training for C-130 airmen and operators across the globe.
The C-130J Super Hercules is a tactical military airlifter designed and developed to carry out a wide range of missions such as special operations, aerial refuelling, close air support, search-and-rescue, and personal recovery.
Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions vice-president Amy Gowder said: “The C-130J is the world’s most versatile airlifter, and we’ve created training products and services for our customers that reflect the Hercules’ many incredible missions.
“With contracts that include customised new trainers, software and hardware updates for existing trainers along with cybersecurity provisions, we view these contracts as a significant opportunity ensuring we’re delivering the best solutions for developing well-trained airmen around the world.”
To date, the C-130J Super Hercules maintenance and aircrew training system (JMATS) programme has trained more than 10,000 airmen for several missions, including cargo transport, special missions, and aerial refuelling.
The six awards are for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Weapon System Trainers, Air National Guard Reconfigurable Weapon System Trainers, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) US Marine Corps Observer Training Aids, Air Mobility Command (AMC) Obsolescence Phase-3, Air Mobility Command (AMC) Obsolescence Phase-4, and Simulator Common Architecture and Requirements Standards.
The AFSOC Weapon System Trainers programme will include five new C-130J weapon system trainers for AFSOC, while the NAVAIR US Marine Corps Observer Training Aids contract will include four new KC-130J observer trainers for NAVAIR.
Under the Air National Guard Reconfigurable Weapon System Trainers award, a new, reconfigurable C-130J weapon system trainer will be deployed for the Air National Guard at Quonset Point Reserve Base in Rhode Island in early-2020.
The AMC Obsolescence Phase-3 involves upgrading the two AMC C-130J fuselage trainers at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, in addition to two visual systems on the flight simulators located at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
The AMC Obsolescence Phase-4 will see the upgrade of 13 existing AMC trainers at Air Force Bases throughout the US and Europe.
As part of the Simulator Common Architecture and Requirements Standards award, Lockheed Martin will provide a one-year technical support to assist the US Air Force (USAF) with conducting analyses for common architectures across various simulator elements.
In addition, the company has funded the development of Hercules Training Center (HTC) that is scheduled to open in the second quarter of next year.