Cascade Aerospace has selected Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system for the Mexican Air Force’s C-130K Hercules aircraft upgrade programme.

Developed from Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21TM avionics solution, the Flight2 system improves aircraft’s operational capabilities by offering an open systems architecture that combines flight operations with navigation and guidance functions, and supports future growth requirement.

The system will be installed on Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft, as part of a contract secured by Cascade Aerospace in November 2013.

The contract features a comprehensive programmed depot maintenance (PDM) programme, incorporation of the short pod auxiliary power unit (APU) modification, and the upgrade of the avionics system, including the installation of digital fuel quantity indication and engine instrument display systems.

Rockwell Collins Americas vice-president and managing director Alan Prowse said the advanced avionics system will provide greater situational awareness and communications capabilities to the Mexican pilots.

"This government-to-government contract via Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) will complete the modernization of Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft," Prowse said.

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"The advanced avionics system will provide greater situational awareness and communications capabilities to the Mexican pilots."

"Through our work with Cascade Aerospace, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."

In addition to supporting growth to controller pilot data link communication (CPDLC), the Flight2 system seamlessly integrates new-generation displays and avionics with an aircraft’s legacy analog sensors, radios, autopilots and other systems.

More than 600 systems are currently mounted aboard an array of aircraft, including the international C-130, P-3, KC-135, E-2C, C-2A, E-3, HC-130H and HC-144A.

The aircraft installation, integration and design work is being performed at Cascade Aerospace’s facility in Abbotsford, Canada, while Rockwell Collins will provide in-country, on-site field service engineering and logistics support during the aircraft modifications and testing.

Image: A Mexican Air Force’s C-130K Hercules aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of Zahpo75.

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