Boeing delivered the last of three test aircraft on 19 June for the US Air Force C-130 Avionics Modernisation Programme (AMP).

The upgraded plane arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, a week ahead of schedule, Boeing says. The two other C-130 AMP test aircraft are on their way to Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, for scheduled depot maintenance.

"C-130 AMP is now ready to transition to low-rate initial production [LRIP]," says Mahesh Reddy, the company's C-130 AMP director.

The changes to the workhorse aircraft, originally designed 50 year ago, include fully integrated, night-vision-goggle compatible, digital glass cockpit and digital avionics for fleet commonality. A total of 20 AMP kits will be installed during LRIP.

Source: Flight Daily News