Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Warner Robins Air Logistics Center on Jan. 3 marked delivery of the first C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft modified by Warner Robins. The aircraft is the fourth to be delivered to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; the first three were modified by Boeing.
The C-130 AMP cockpit upgrade simplifies and standardizes the multiple C-130 configurations operated by the U.S. Air Force.
“This is the first of the U.S. Air Force C-130 AMP aircraft we will deliver to the warfighter, and we are proud of the product,” said John Adams, Chief, Tactical Airlift Division, Robins Air Force Base.
The aircraft is one of five that will participate in Initial Operational Testing and Evaluation (IOT&E) at Little Rock Air Force Base beginning later this month. The second low rate initial production aircraft at Warner Robins -- scheduled for delivery in February -- will be the fifth aircraft in the IOT&E fleet.
“Boeing is excited to see this upgrade become a reality for America’s armed forces,” said Mahesh Reddy, Boeing C-130 AMP program director. “C-130 AMP will standardize the C-130H fleet and reduce annual ownership cost while offering the crews more situational awareness to perform their missions.”
Source: The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)
Date: Jan 6, 2012