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16 octobre 2015 5 16 /10 /octobre /2015 06:30
Israel receives upgraded C-130 transport

Israel is modernizing its C-130H fleet, Photo: Israeli Air Force.


TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


A C-130 aircraft modernize by Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries has been delivered to the Israeli Air Force.


The Israeli Air Force reports that it has received its first C-130H Hercules transport it had modernized by Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft has new radar, digital screens, advanced systems and a new main wing. The IAF said the upgrades will help keep the plane flying for decades.

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19 février 2014 3 19 /02 /février /2014 08:35
Putrajaya Going Ahead with Nuri and C-130 Upgrade

RMAF C-130H (photo : scramble)


18 Feb 2014 Defense Studies

KUALA LUMPUR — The government is going ahead with the upgrade of its fleet of Sikorsy S-61 Nuri and C130 Hercules military transport planes, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today. 

He brushed aside claims that Putrajaya has decided to defer plans to upgrade its air fleet but would not say whether the country’s ageing fleet of 18 MiG 29 fighter jets will be replaced with multi-role combat aircrafts.

“We are looking at upgrading the Nuris and the C130s... things are already in the works,” he said at a press conference for the 14th Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition and conference here.

Last week, Aviation International News Online (AINOnline) reported that the government has deferred plans to update existing military assets that are already behind schedule amid pressure from the country’s chronic budget deficit and increasingly vocal opposition on military procurements.

Malaysia has 18 Russian-made MiG-29s but only eight are still operating. The planes are due to be decommissioned in 2015 but must now remain in service until replacement multi-role combat aircraft are approved.

Malaysia also cannot buy trainer aircraft until it decides which of four manufacturers, Boeing, Dassault, BAE Systems or Saab, secures the deal to replace the MiG-29s.

The country’s Nuri helicopters, which were pressed into service as a stop-gap measure during last year’s Sulu incursion into eastern Sabah, are also due to be replaced.  

Hishammuddin said that AIOnline’s report last week was “a case of misreporting”, but did not elaborate on either the Nuri or MiG29 deals.

RMAF S-61 (photo : scramble)

The minister said that Malaysia is “leveraging” on cooperation among ASEAN member countries to manage regional defence but gave no details.

Malaysia’s MiG-29s were purchased during the early 90s and are due to be replaced owing to reported difficulties in obtaining parts and services to keep the Russian fighters flying.

Reuters reported last year that Malaysia had shortlisted five manufacturers to replace the Russian-made MIG-29s.

The choice was between the Britain-backed Eurofighter Typhoon, Sweden’s SAAB JAS-39 Gripen, France’s Dassault Aviation Rafale, Boeing’s F/A 18E/F Super Hornet and Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30, it quoted then defence minister Zahid Hamidi as saying on the sidelines of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition last year.

Since September last year, Putrajaya has embarked on aggressive cost-cutting measures after pressure grew for it to rein in a chronic budget deficit that traces back to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and which has left Malaysia’s national debt at just below a critical legal ceiling.

Among others, the government has reduced fuel subsidies, removed the price control for sugar and increased the excise tax for tobacco. It also approved an increase to power rates. The moves are blamed for rising inflation and cost of living hitting Malaysians.

In 2008, the opposition parties of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) denied the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) a two-third majority in Parliament for the first time.

Opposition lawmakers have been relentless in their criticism of Malaysia’s defence procurements, which they allege to be inflated due to corruption.

Among the deals targeted were the Defence Ministry’s purchase of armoured personnel carriers, offshore patrol vessels, and helicopters — all of which PR lawmakers demonstrated to be available for less than what Putrajaya paid.


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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
Elbit offers cockpit upgrade for aged Hercules

10 Jun 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG


Tel Aviv - Elbit Systems has developed a cockpit upgrade package for the Lockheed Martin C-130H, describing its C-Suite Tactical design as enabling customers to meet demanding conditions in low-altitude operating environments.


By integrating aircraft sensors and systems, pilots are able to see real-time flight information projected on a head-up, head-down or helmet-mounted display, resulting in greater situational awareness and enhanced safety, Elbit says.


Key elements of the full upgrade package include a Northrop Grumman APN-241 terrain following/terrain avoidance system; a terrain awareness and warning system; and enhanced and synthetic vision systems (SVS). This combination, along with real-time reference to a digital terrain elevation database, enables accurate low-level flight in any condition and regardless of terrain or the presence of man-made obstacles, says Gil Russo, a senior director at Elbit's aerospace division.


The SVS, meanwhile, shows a 3-D synthetic image of the external environment on a flight display.


Elbit was recently awarded a contract by the Israeli defence ministry to upgrade the Israeli air force's C-130H transports. The modernisation project will extend the operational life of the aircraft and significantly improve their operational capability, particularly during precision flying, low-level night flight and operations in adverse weather conditions.


The effort will replace obsolete analogue cockpit systems, which have become unreliable and costly to maintain after four decades of intensive service.

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30 novembre 2012 5 30 /11 /novembre /2012 08:15


Air Force operated a fleet of 12 C-130H Hercules from
RAAF Base Richmond between 1978 and 2012.
(photo : Aus DoD)

30 November 2012 Pacific Sentinel


Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today farewelled the C-130H Hercules from Air Force service after an illustrious 34-year career at a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond, Sydney.
Delivered in 1978, the C-130H Hercules has provided the Australian Defence Force with a highly effective capability, setting the standard for all Air Force transport aircraft which have followed.
Everyone who worked on the C-130H has cause to be proud of their efforts.  This aircraft has provided a tremendous service to Australia.
C-130H Hercules have played a critical role in supporting Defence personnel on operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
As well as its strengths in the battlefield, the C-130H has also provided an immeasurable service in peacetime.
The Australian public experienced the C-130H firsthand during the 1989 Airline Pilot’s Strike.  C130Hs also evacuated Australians from Cambodiain 1997, and brought injured Australians home from the Bali Bombings.
They have assisted the people of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and throughout the South Pacific during numerous humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
The C-130H has airdropped hay to stranded cattle in countryAustralia, delivered supplies to our Antarctic Mission, and helped with the rescue of stranded sailors.
Air Force’s air mobility is currently in transition, as older aircraft types like the C-130H and Caribou are phased out and new capabilities, including 12 C-130Js, six new C-17 Globemaster IIIs and 10 C-27J Spartans are introduced to service.
The newer generation C-130Js will carry on the legacy of Air Force variants of the Hercules transport aircraft.
Four C-130Hs will be transferred to the Indonesian Air Force, allowing Indonesia to better support humanitarian operations. Two C-130Hs will be kept by Air Force, with one aircraft going to the Air Force Museum at RAAF Base Point Cook.  The other will be kept at RAAF Base Richmond for training purposes.
Disposal options for the remaining six aircraft are currently being investigated by Defence.

 (Aus DoD)

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