Derco Aerospace has completed the first of two Lockheed C-130H-30 avionics upgrades for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).

The avionics upgrades are part the RNLAF's C-130H Avionics Modernisation Programme (CHAMP). The upgrades include an enhanced traffic collision avoidance system (ETCAS II), Dual APX-100 ATC/Mode S IFF transponders, lightning strike detection system, multifunctional radar display installation, VHF communication navigation controls and electronic standby instrument system.

Working at the RNLAF's facilities in Eindhoven, Derco completed the first aircraft of the programme in 68 days.

"Derco's ability to negotiate a tight time-line (both aircraft to be delivered within 102 days) and maintain a tight budget made the difference," says Allan McCray, director of engineering and programme management.


Derco's services, while firmly rooted in the C-130, have expanded to include both transport and fighter platforms, and have diversified from parts distribution to programme management.

During the last five years, Derco has completed a variety of custom upgrade programmes and maintenance activities, including PDMs, structural life extensions, and/or avionic upgrades for more than 35 aircraft operated by various international air forces including two Lockheed L-100-30 aircraft – the commercial equivalent of the C-130 – acquired, refurbished, upgraded and placed by the company.

In another deal, the Spanish air force awarded Derco a contract to upgrade the environmental control system (ECS) on a C-130H aircraft.

The one-year contract includes kits, technical documentation, installation and aircraft testing. Derco will provide the CSPEC ECS upgrade kits for this programme. The CSPEC kits are the only kits that have been developed, installed and qualified by the OEM.

Source: Flight Daily News