C-130J-30 Hercules

Thrane & Thrane has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply satellite communications components for the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-130J Super Hercules aircraft’s Block 8.1 upgrade programme.

The DKK150m ($24.75m) order forms a part of the original $167m contract secured by Lockheed in December 2011, to develop a new block upgrade for integration into more than 200 US and allied C-130J transporter aircraft.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will deliver its DO178B certified Aviator 700D solution to help support the air traffic management data link component of the Block 8.1 upgrade.

Walther Thygesen, Thrane & Thrane CEO, said the Aviator 700D will support the enhanced communications functionality of the C-130J upgrade programme.

”The system functionality, reliability and certification fit the requirements and Thrane & Thrane is well positioned to be a reliable partner throughout the deployment of the upgrade programme and the on-going use of Aviator 700D,” Thygesen added.

The Aviator 700D is an aero service solution designed to support existing Inmarsat cockpit safety provisions, and SwiftBroadband internet protocol (IP) data and voice capability.

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Work under the contract is scheduled to be conducted from 2014 to 2018.

The Block 8.1 configuration includes an enhanced inter-communication system, enhanced diagnostics and additional covert lighting.

The upgrades will also be implemented on the C-130J fleets of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Norway and the UK, which are currently operating with the Block 6.0 configuration.

Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the C-130J Super Hercules is an upgraded variant of the C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, featuring a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new flight deck system.

Image: A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J-30 Hercules aicraft taking off from Point Cook. Photo: courtesy of Ian Creek.