Tyonek Services Group (TSG) has been sub-contracted to support A-Kit manufacturing and modification for the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-130H military transport aircraft.

US-based advanced engineering company Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), which is selected as the prime contractor for the project, awarded the contract that will be carried out through TSG’s subsidiary Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility – Stennis.

SRC will perform the upgrade of the C-130H utility turboprop aircraft and will install and integrate the modernised Raytheon all-digital AN / ALR-69A(V) radar warning receiver (RWR).

Under the terms of the sub-contract, TSG will be responsible for delivering manufacturing services for A-Kits and trail / verification aircraft installations. The sub-contract includes options for the production of an additional A-Kit for the C-130H aircraft.

System upgrades will leverage the data transfer enhancement and weight reduction provided by the use of fibre optics in the system design.

TSG president Steve Adlich said: “This new programme allows us to leverage our comprehensive manufacturing and aircraft modification expertise.

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“This is another great example of our ability to provide turn-key aviation solutions with A-Kit manufacturing and aircraft integration services.”

“Tyonek has a long history of working with SRC for C-130 modification efforts and we are very happy to continue to grow our relationship with this new initiative.

“This is another great example of our ability to provide turn-key aviation solutions with A-Kit manufacturing and aircraft integration services. This programme showcases Tyonek’s extensive experience with the C-130 airframe.”

The upgraded AN / ALR-69A(V) RWR significantly improves aircrew survivability, providing ‘sensors forward’ situational awareness at lower costs than compared to the competing systems.

Currently being tested on the F-16 aircraft and installed on the USAF’s C-130H, KC-46A, ALR-69A platforms, the new RWR is capable of suppressing enemy air defences, in addition to easy cross-platform integration, enhanced spectral and spatial coverage for high-sensitivity detection in dense signal environments and single-ship geolocation.