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Lockheed-built C-130J Hercule aircraft

Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to Terma to supply an AN/ALQ-213A defensive aids controller (DAC) to support missile warning system integration on board C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Under the contract, the company will also provide related engineering services that support the integration process on the aircraft which will be delivered to an undisclosed foreign customer.

The mission critical equipment, ALQ-213A DAC provides improved survivability and advanced capabilities such as data recording, embedded cockpit-crew training and enhanced threat response processing for the C-130J operator.

The DAC also provides an option to affordably move to an enhanced defensive systems suite for the C-130J operators with a variety of different sensors and countermeasure subsystems.

The Terma-developed AN/ALQ-213 is currently in service on 1,000 US A-10 Thunderbolt and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

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The DAC is also in service on more than 700 international Lockheed-built F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-130 Hercules, Boeing-built AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook, General Dynamics-built F-111 Aardvark aircraft.

The Lockheed-built Super Hercules is a heavy-lift tactical cargo and personnel transport aircraft powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines that can accommodate a payload of up to 20t or more than 90 passengers.

Crewed by two pilots and a load master, the aircraft features a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller.

The aircraft is used by USAF for performing airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelling, maritime patrol and aerial fire-fighting missions.

The aircraft is also in service with Australia, Indonesia, Canada, Denmark, India, Italy, Norway, Qatar, and the UK air forces, as well as the US Coast Guard.

Image: Lockheed-built C-130J Hercule’s all-composite six-blade R391 propeller system was developed by Dowty Aerospace. Photo: Terma.