2/14/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- The Boeing Company is making
significant progress in its test program for the U.S.
Air Force C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP).
The first C-130H aircraft to be modified with an
advanced avionics suite is ahead of its planned ground
and flight test programs, which began at the Air Force
Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,
on Nov. 28, 2006. The joint Air Force and Boeing
flight test team is completing an average of 30
percent more tests per week than originally intended.
To date, the team has successfully flown 17 flight
test missions and completed nearly 200 test points --
60 more than the initial goal.
The tests, which include Air Force operational and
test personnel, are verifying the aircraft's avionics,
software, structures and subsystems. The program will
continue testing through 2009 before entering Initial
Operation Test and Evaluation.
"The C-130 AMP modification is remarkably mature for
this stage in development," said Mike Harris, Boeing
C-130 AMP vice president and program manager.
The first modified C-130H aircraft has working radar,
an information friend-or-foe system, a traffic alert
and collision avoidance system, a flight director
system, as well as advanced auto-flight and
navigational features, making it more capable than
most aircraft in similar type programs. Of the 17 test
missions flown, there have been no mission processor
lock-ups, degrades or display blanking -- a rare
occurrence for similar major modification efforts.
"Characteristics such as open architecture, use of
commercial standards and off-the-shelf components,
large format high resolution displays and high
bandwidth computing capability give C-130 AMP aircraft
tremendous growth potential," continued Harris. "These
and other capabilities will allow the C-130 to
effectively accomplish its missions for many years to
Source: Boeing Press Release