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Argentina progresses Hercules upgrade effort

04 January 2017
Argentina is modernising five of its C-130-variant aircraft to keep them in service for a further 20 years. Source: FAdeA

Argentina has progressed the ongoing refurbishment and modernisation programme for its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules fleet, with completion of the second of five aircraft in late December 2016.

The completion of the work on aircraft TC-61 was announced by Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) following a 10-month effort to install new communications and navigation systems, a Rockwell Collins Flight2 digital 'glass' cockpit, and other systems and components.

Work on the first aircraft - TC-69 - was completed by L-3 at its Waco facility in the United States in April 2016. The remaining three aircraft will go through the process at FAdeA's Cordoba plant between now and 2019. According to FAdeA, this work should extend the life of the Argentinian Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) 1960s/70s/80s-era C-130H/KC-130H/L-100-30 fleet by a further 20 years.

IHS Jane's has previously reported that, beyond the five Hercules aircraft already fielded by Argentina, the FAA is looking to buy two more C-130s that are currently stored in the 'boneyard' at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

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