C-130 Hercules

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract for the avionics modernisation programme in support of the Royal Air Force of Oman’s (RAFO) C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft.

Under the contract, the company will deliver and install its Flight2 avionics system onboard three C-130 aircraft to provide unrestricted access to global airspace and address communication, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) airspace requirements.

Rockwell Collins Airborne Solutions vice president and general manager Troy Brunk said: ”Royal Air Force of Oman pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics onboard these aircraft.”

The upgrades also include installation of new primary flight displays, advanced flight management system, autopilot, communication radios, navigation sensors and surveillance systems, including multiscan hazard detection weather radar, traffic alert collision avoidance system, terrain awareness, and warning system and digital maps.

Besides supporting growth to controller pilot data link communication (CPDLC), 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 requirements.

Featuring an Ethernet-based integrated processing center (IPC) with flight management capabilities, the system has successfully been installed on more than 100 C-130s of international military customers worldwide.

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Installation and integration work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out by ST Aerospace, the prime contractor for the upgrade programme, at its facility in Singapore, starting from this year.

Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the C-130 Hercules is designed to conduct airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance and aerial refuelling, as well as maritime patrol and aerial firefighting operations.

The aircraft is also in service with Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Republic of Korea, Qatar, the UK and the US.

Image: A Royal Air Force of Oman’s C-130 Hercules aircraft during its flight. Photo: Courtesy of Chris Lofting.

Defence Technology