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Collins Aerospace and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) announced an agreement to modernize the Indonesian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft as part of its Phase 2 rollout plan, and eleven C-130 aircraft will be upgraded. Serving as a contractor to PTDI, Collins will provide its Flight2™ aftermarket avionics solution, which delivers the most cost-effective and lowest-risk CNS/ATM upgrade solution.
“Modernizing to the Flight2 system provides the Indonesian Air Force with a suite of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment seamlessly integrates new-generation avionics with legacy sensors, radios, autopilot and aircraft systems that will increase operational and mission efficiency” said Martin Hoare, Director, Global Business Development, Military Avionics & Helicopters. “Included in the avionics upgrade is a full glass cockpit with new primary flight displays that provides commonality to many other C-130 users as well as commercial aircraft.”
Flight2 transforms a federated analog system into a modern digital glass cockpit. With its advanced displays and integrated military/civil flight management system, Flight2 delivers the most advanced capabilities available today, including required navigation performance, area navigation flight management system with high altitude release point, and computed air release point precision airdrop software. At the same time, it's the most cost-effective and lowest-risk CNS/ATM upgrade solution.
As part of the upgrade, Collins will leverage its Flight2 Mobility Mission Application (MMA) architecture, which allows customers to select from a super set of off-the-shelf capabilities. Customers using the MMA architecture can tailor the system to meet specific mission requirements, comply with regional communications navigation surveillance/air traffic management mandates, or simply to maximize capabilities for a given budget.
By upgrading to Flight2, the Indonesian Air Force’s C-130H will be in compliance with the most recent International Civil Aviation Organization standards, while also equipping it with a tactical advantage in military operations.
“This collaboration shows PTDI's readiness to implement the work of the Indonesian Air Force’s C-130 modernization program, especially in the avionics upgrade” said PTDI’s President Director Gita Amperiawan.
Collins Aerospace has delivered over 1,100 Flight2 solutions for military fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, including the KC-135, KC-10, C-130 P-3, C-2A, E-2C and E-3. Collins has also delivered or is on contract for 370 C-130s upgrades in 16 different countries. More C-130 upgrades have been fitted with avionics from Collins than from any other single provider in the world.