Last delivery of CC-130J marks end of important upgrade program
The Royal Canadian Air Force accepted the last of the modernized CC-130J Hercules on October 13 at 8 Wing Trenton. This marked the completion of an important modification program to upgrade all of the CC-130J Hercules fleet to the Block 7.0 configuration.
The Block 7.0 configuration includes a new flight management system allowing the aircraft to fly in heavily congested and controlled airspace and, when combined with a GPS, conduct fuel efficient long-range flights and fly safely in poor visibility. It also includes a tactical data link so the Hercules can get critical information from allies in a high-speed, encrypted fashion. The upgrade features improved technology permitting the CC-130J to fly more effectively in low-level tactical environments. The Block 7.0 configuration will ensure the CC-130J’s worldwide operational relevance in the digital age.
This upgrade program began in November 2013, when Lockheed Martin was awarded a US$110 million contract to modify the fleet to meet increased Global Airspace requirements.
Upgrades are also currently underway to the maintenance and aircrew training systems, including simulators, classrooms, publications, and courseware. The contract amendment for these upgrades is valued at Can$32.5 million. They will be complete Fall 2017, by the Canadian company CAE.
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