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This partnership focuses on offering cost effective solutions to address obsolescence issues inherent to the legacy C-130/L-382, KC- 135, and P-3 platforms. These modernization solutions include the Integral (High Frequency) HF Shunt Antenna Programs and the Avionics Modernization Programs.
The Integral Dorsal High Frequency (HF) Shunt Antenna Modification Program for the C-130/L-382 and P-3 platforms replaces the existing long wire antennas in the HF system with a dorsal mounted shunt antenna. This installation kit includes new HF antenna coupler mounts inside the pressure vessel below the dorsal fin. In addition, this technology enhancement offers aircraft drag reduction, improved HF radio communication performance and reduced Life Cycle Costs (LCC).
The KC135/707 adds a dorsal HF shunt with the couplers inside the pressure vessel or inside the dorsal. The KC-135/707 Dorsal shunt adds reliability to the HF systems because it does not attract lightning like the existing probe mounted at top of the vertical stabilizer.
The Avionics Modernization Program for the C-130 and L-382 platforms enables the installation of a full suite of avionics components in the existing instrument panel space. A modular shelf installation allows for the engineering, fabrication and testing of many of the systems prior to the installation, resulting in reduced turn-around times.
Both of these upgrades for the C-130/L-382 are STC certified by the
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