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Indonesia contracts Collins Aerospace for C-130H Hercules upgrade

C-130H Hercules
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The Indonesian Air Force has contracted Collins Aerospace for work on its C-130H Hercules military transport aircraft modernization effort.

Serving as a contractor to GMF AeroAsia, Collins Aerospace will provide its Flight2 avionics solution, that transforms dated analog controls into a modern digital glass cockpit.

Used for a broad range of missions, including personnel and cargo transport, as well as humanitarian efforts, the Flight2 avionics modification will replace the C-130H’s analog instruments with seven multifunction displays, three control display units and new digital autopilot.

In addition, the aircraft will be equipped with the required navigation performance/area navigation flight management system, with high altitude release point and computed air release point precision airdrop software. The modernization will help the Indonesian Air Force optimize its operations, improve pilot situational awareness and minimize aircraft downtime.

“We worked closely with GMF and the Indonesian Air Force to leverage our Flight2 Mobility Mission Application (MMA) architecture, and to tailor the system to meet all the specific mission requirements,” said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager for military avionics and helicopters at Collins Aerospace. “MMA enables customers to select from a superset of off-the-shelf capabilities, which really maximizes what we can provide for any given budget. In this case, we created a solution that is custom fit to the needs of the Indonesian Air Force.”

By upgrading to Flight2, the Indonesian Air Force’s C-130H will be in compliance with the most recent International Civil Aviation Organization standards, while also equipping it with a tactical advantage in military operations.

“We are delighted to work with Collins Aerospace to jointly modernize the C-130H owned by the Indonesian Air Force. This project is a part of GMF’s effort to diversify the business and support the defense industry to rejuvenate the fleet and improve flight safety,” Andi Fahrurrozi, CEO of GMF, added.