Sweden to Modernize C-130 Fleet thru C-130 AMP


Released on Thursday, March 10, 2005
Sweden
United States of America
C-130H Hercules
AMP - Avionics Modernization Program
LOA - Letter of Agreement
The Boeing company has announced that the Swedish Air Force has become the first international customer for the company's C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) following the signing of the letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) to modernize the Swedish fleet of eight C-130E/Hs.

The LOA agreement is expected to lead to a foreign military sales contract between Boeing and the US Air Force to be signed early this summer. The first C-130 aircraft is anticipated to undergo AMP modifications in 2007 with the final AMP-modified aircraft to be delivered to the Swedish Air Force in 2009. Modification work is expected to be done at Boeing's Aerospace Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The C-130 AMP will lower the total ownership costs compared to current C-130E/H models operated by Swedes, while standardizing their C-130 fleet. AMP adds a fully integrated, reliable digital glass cockpit with heads-up displays. The first US Air Force C-130 AMP aircraft entered modification program in January this year and is expected to be ready for first flight in early 2006.

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