Wed, Sep 17, 2008
First Older-Model Galaxy In Program; 42 C-5Bs Already
The Lockheed Martin C-5 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP) inducted the first US Air Force C-5A
into the program this week.
"The combination of hardware and software afforded through AMP
allows Air Force crews to fly unrestricted anywhere in the world,"
said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin's vice president of C-5
Modernization. "Modernizing the C-5As today with new avionics
further ensures this unique national asset will continue to support
the warfighter for many years to come."
The AMP replaces the analog cockpit instruments and systems in
the C-5 with digital displays and equipment. It also provides the
necessary communications and navigational avionics to comply with
Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) requirements, the new set of
international standards for aircraft movement and reduced
separation in flight.
There are 111 C-5s to be modified through AMP, with 42
production airplanes completed to date. The AMP installations are
taking place at Dover AFB and Travis AFB and are scheduled to be
completed in second quarter 2014. The C-5 AMP fleet has flown more
than 9,400 sorties and 40,000 operational flight hours.
The Air Force had the C-5As re-winged in the 1980s, increasing
their structural service life to the equivalency of its C-5Bs.
As ANN reported, the USAF scrapped plans to
re-engine its 62 remaining Alpha-model C-5s, due to cost
overruns... but continued with its plans to upgrade those planes'
The C-5 has been the backbone of strategic airlift in every
military engagement since it entered service and has supported US
humanitarian relief efforts around the globe. It is the only
aircraft capable of carrying 100 percent of certified
air-transportable cargo, with a dedicated passenger compartment
enabling commanders to have troops and their equipment arrive in an
area of operation simultaneously.
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