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The Austrian Air Force has selected Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group (ADG) to update the navigation systems on its fleet of three C-130K HERCULES, the company announced on 4 June.

Following on from the night vision system upgrade modification to the flight management system in 2017, Marshall will now design and update the electronic flight instrument system displays, standby instrument and flight management system across the fleet.

The Austrian Air Force is an important customer and we know that their C -130 fleet is used extensively to perform supply tasks in support of their troops around the globe, as well as being on standby for other critical missions,” commented Duncan Eldridge, Managing Director of ADG’s Military Aerospace business.

ADG will begin the design phase of this project by the middle of this year and complete modifications as the aircraft undergo scheduled maintenance in Cambridge.

This smart modification designed by Marshall will solve our known problem with the Heading Indication on our Primary Flight Instruments without replacing our highly integrated Inertial Navigation Units. [The company] also found a smart solution to solve current obsolescence problems in our navigation installation. The software upgrade to our integrated Secondary Flight Display iSFD will improve the reliability of our VSI system and subsequently the availability of the aircraft,” observed Brig Gen Peter Wessely, Head of Air Material Staff Austrian Air Force.

The Austrian Air Force purchased the three transport aircraft from the UK in 2003, when the RAF began transitioning its fleet to C-130Js. Marshall has been supporting the aircraft ever since, providing depth maintenance, engineering and logistics support. (Photo: Marshall ADG)

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