Boeing has delivered the final test aircraft to the US Air Force as part of the C-130 avionics modernisation programme (AMP) system design and development contract.

The test aircraft, flown from the Boeing facility in San Antonio to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, will be prepared for programmed depot maintenance.

Boeing C-130 AMP director Mahesh Reddy said C-130 AMP was now ready to transition to low-rate initial production (LRIP).

“This is a significant development for Boeing and the air force, as it is the most comprehensive avionics upgrade for the C-130 in its 50 years of air force service,” he said.

The C-130 AMP upgrade will include a fully integrated, night vision goggle compatible, digital glass cockpit and new digital avionics to increase situational awareness and enhance safety.

During the LRIP programme, a total of 20 AMP kits will be installed to bring avionics commonality to the C-130 fleet and flexibility in assigning aircrew.

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