C-130H Hercules Life Extension
Life extension programme for the five C-130H Hercules aircraft operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The scope of the project is the replacement of specific mechanical, avionic, and structural components. The design and installation of modern communications and navigations system will meet evolving air traffic management regulations utilising a modernised 'glass' flight deck with integrated flight management systems.
NZ $254.9 million.
Request for Tender (RFT) Issued 15 July 2003. RFT Closed 15 October 2003. Best and Final Offer (BAFO) issued 24 March 2004, BAFO Closed 19 May 2004. The preferred tenderer was announced on 6 August 2004. The contract was awarded on 14 December 2004.
Two aircraft have completed the hardware modification process and are being operated by the RNZAF for Operational Test and Evaluation and as capability is developed are removing the tasking load from the remaining unmodified aircraft. A third aircraft is being upgraded in Blenheim and will be completed later in 2012. The remaining two aircraft will be upgraded in turn.
Whilst the modified aircraft are capable of supporting NZDF operations, the aircraft Avionics Management System (AMS) software has still to reach its full level of contracted specification and an incremental programme of software releases has been implemented. It is estimated that this process will be completed in late 2012 however any changes to air navigation and airworthiness regulations during the life of the aircraft may require further AMS software releases.
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