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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