3/27/2008 - ST. LOUIS -- The Boeing Company has
returned the second C-130 Avionics Modernization
Program (AMP) aircraft, H2.5, to Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif., for continued testing and software
A joint Boeing and U.S. Air Force crew from
Louisville, Ky., flew the aircraft to the Air Force
Flight Test Center at Edwards on March 22. The
aircraft, assigned to the 123rd Airlift Wing, 165th
Airlift Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, was in
Kentucky for a comprehensive inspection and its first
defensive systems check.
"This is the first step toward integrating the
defensive systems with the rest of the aircraft's AMP
modifications. Keeping the warfighter safe is our
number-one priority, so maintaining the integrity of
the defensive systems is a crucial part of the AMP
process," said Mike Harris, Boeing vice president and
C-130 AMP program manager.
With the return of H2.5, there are currently two
Boeing C-130 AMP aircraft at Edwards. A third
aircraft, H3, is undergoing modifications and upgrades
at Boeing Support Systems' San Antonio facility.
Boeing's C-130 AMP provides enhanced digital avionics
that significantly increase situational awareness for
the warfighter. The Air Force awarded Boeing the AMP
contract in July 2001. The upgrade commonality brought
to the fleet of C-130 transport aircraft by the AMP
also offers additional flexibility in assigning
aircrew, regardless of the model design type.
Source: Boeing Press Release