Turkey Modernizes Seven C-130 Planes

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed modernization of seven aircraft under the C-130 E/B Avionics Modernization (Erciyes) Program.

“In the Erciyes C-130 modernization project, which includes a total of 19 aircraft, we have completed the modernization works of 7 aircraft, which have been integrated with the latest technologies,” TAI announced on December 8.

The 56-month project signed in 2007 covers avionics modernization of all of Turkish Air Force (TuAF) C-130 planes. The first prototype aircraft was delivered to the service in 2014. Turkish content in both hardware and software has been increased to reduce long term costs.

Upgrade of a total of 23 systems and 117 components continue to be carried out with the central control computer or the “brain” of C-130 aircraft.

TAI re-designed GPS, indicator, anti-collision system, air radar, advanced military and civilian navigation systems, night-time invisible lighting for military missions, sound recording black box carries out the modernization of critical parts such as communication systems, advanced automatic flight systems (military and civilian), ability to operate in the military network, digital floating map and ground mission planning systems.

It will facilitate the mission capabilities of C130 aircraft, reduces the pilot’s workload, as well as ensuring safe flight with automatic route tracking from take-off to landing. With the modernization, the plane will have increased situational awareness and improved ability to land in airports precisely and safely.