L-3 Communications Has Been Awarded a $499 Million Contract for Avionics Upgrade of C-130H Aircraft

WASHINGTON, (BGM) – L-3 Communications Integrated Systems has been awarded a $499 million contract for the major avionics upgrade for 176 C-130H aircraft operated by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

This contract provides for engineering and manufacturing development through production, and includes training and logistics requirements.

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Work will be performed predominantly in Waco, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2029.

This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and six offers were received.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.

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The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting.

It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. More than 40 variants of the Hercules, including civilian versions marketed as the Lockheed L-100, operate in more than 60 nations.

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Source: U.S. DoD