Sat, Nov 22, 2008
First Flight Scheduled In February
Boeing announced this week it has successfully completed
Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) upgrades on C-130 aircraft AMP
The aircraft moved into ground test and evaluation at Boeing's
Global Services & Support facility in San Antonio on September
26. AMP 3 reached its "power up" milestone on October 1, when
Boeing employees turned on the aircraft's electrical systems.
During the 10-month installation, AMP 3 received a fully
integrated, night-vision-goggle compatible, digital glass cockpit
and a new digital avionics system, increasing situational awareness
for the warfighter.
"Power up is always an important milestone. Achieving it now
keeps us on a trajectory to reach first flight on schedule," said
Boeing C-130 AMP Program Manager Mark Angelo.
AMP 3's first flight is scheduled for February 2009.
The company signed a contract with the US Air Force on September
30 for the first two Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) AMP kits.
Boeing plans to provide a total of 26 kits, engineering services,
training and logistics support during LRIP. The company also will
install production kits on 11 of the C-130 aircraft.
Boeing is completing the aircraft modification and installation
of Core Complete 2.2 (CC2.2) software on AMP 1 (H2) at Edwards Air
Force Base, CA. CC2.2 is part of all AMP upgrades.
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