The USAF has approved low-rate initial production (LRIP) for the C-130 avionics modernisation programme (AMP), following a successful defence acquisition board milestone C production review.
The milestone C review is part of several intensive reviews by US defence and the air force, including engineering and manufacturing reviews in preparation for LRIP.
Boeing will carry out the C-130 AMP upgrade to include a fully integrated, night-vision-goggle-compatible, digital glass cockpit, and new digital avionics to increase situational awareness and enhance safety.
The upgrade will also bring avionics commonality to the C-130 fleet and flexibility in assigning aircrew, regardless of aircraft model.
The first two LRIP aircraft are scheduled for induction in August and October at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Garamond, where the USAF will perform the Lot 1 installations.
The programme will include initial operational test and evaluation of the three test aircraft following periodic depot maintenance at Warner Robins.
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