Pakistan Selects Rockwell Collins For C-130 Avionics Upgrade
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) selected Rockwell Collins to supply its Flight2 integrated avionics suite for the PAF’s 11 Lockheed Martin C-130E and 5 C-130B transport aircraft.
In its official news release, Rockwell Collins says it will supply Flight2 hardware as well as requisite training and technical support or installation, which will be completed in Pakistan by the end of 2020.
The Rockwell Collins Flight2 was designed to transform analogue cockpits into modern suites that not only detect navigation, terrain, traffic and weather risks, but combine that situational awareness with hazard avoidance guidance.
The Flight2 is scalable, providing customers the option of upgrading aircraft with individual subsystems via line-replacing unit (LRU) upgrades or, alternatively, as complete suites integrating multiple subsystems with next-generation cockpits displays.
Rockwell Collins states that the PAF’s Flight2 upgrade comprises a full glass-cockpit with multi-functional displays with digital autopilot, very high frequency and high frequency (VHF/HF) radios, satellite communications (SATCOM) systems, navigation sensors, weather radar, traffic collision avoidance system, terrain awareness and warning system, and digital map.
The PAF Flight2 upgrade will also include Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Required Area Navigation (RNAV), enabling the C-130 to precisely fly along a predetermined flight route using onboard navigation systems and satellite-navigation aids. This is useful in areas with challenging terrain, limited infrastructure and/or restricted airspace. Rockwell Collins will also configure High Altitude Release Point (HARP) and Computed Air Release Point (CARP) precision airdrop software.
Rockwell Collins states that PAF’s C-130s will be configured with “state-of-the-art capabilities consistent with the world’s leading C-130 operators.”