Rockwell Collins has been selected to modernise the Pakistan Air Force's C-130E and C-130B aircraft fleet.

The company will provide Flight2 avionics system to Pakistan under the new arrangement, which will be used to upgrade up to 11 C-130E and five C-130B aircraft.

Rockwell noted the Flight2 integrated avionics suite will provide the Pakistan C-130 aircraft with unrestricted access to global airspace by meeting current communication, navigation, surveillance / air traffic management airspace requirements.

Rockwell Collins Airborne Solutions vice-president and general manager Dave Schreck said: “Pakistan Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics on-board these aircraft.

“Through our work with the Pakistan Air Force, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades.”

"Pakistan Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics on-board these aircraft."

The avionics upgrade will see the C-130 aircraft equipped with a full glass cockpit with new primary flight displays and a required navigation performance area navigation flight management system with high altitude release point, as well as computed air release point precision airdrop software.

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Rockwell will also provide a modern digital autopilot, high frequency and very high frequency, and SATCOM communications, navigation sensors, and safety and surveillance systems, as well as weather radar, traffic collision avoidance systems, a terrain awareness and warning system and digital map.

Additionally, the company have agreed to supply the consolidated flight manuals, checklists and maintenance supplements required to operate and maintain the fleet.

The upgrade work will be performed in Pakistan and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Image: Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 avionics system has been selected by the Pakistan Air Force. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.