Collins Aerospace will deliver NP2000 propeller systems for an additional 26 C-130H aircraft for the U.S. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
The Air Force plans to retrofit approximately 140 C-130H with NP2000 and has now ordered NP2000 upgrades for 83 C-130H aircraft. Collins has installed the system on 16 Air Force C-130H to date, including aircraft for the Georgia, Nevada and Wyoming Air National Guard units.
With its eight composite blades and digital Electronic Propeller Control System (EPCS), NP2000 offers a 20 percent thrust increase during take-off, a 50 percent reduction in maintenance man-hours and a 20db sound reduction in the cockpit compared to legacy systems. NP2000 is also in service with U.S. and international customers on the E-2 and C-2 aircraft. The system has accumulated more than 1 million flight hours since entering service in 2004.