Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $60.5 million contract for the execution of the C-130 wing durability test.
The contract includes firm-fixed price, cost reimbursable no fee, and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items. Services include test preparation, test operations, residual strength test, test teardown and inspection, outer wing test, and delivery of technical data, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Wednesday.
Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 26, 2025.
The previous wing durability test was completed in 1992 with a standard center wing and a C-130H test spectrum. The Enhanced Service Life (ESL) Center Wing installed in C-130J production at SN 5619 and retrofitted to USAF C-130E/H SOF derivative aircraft has never been durability tested. ESL center wing service life estimates are between 67,500 and 120,000 EFH. The severity of this test will be approximately twice the severity of the C-130H Wing Durability Test.