Photos 1-6, the USAF C-130Js in various avatars, photo-7 a Super Hercules flying low over a coastline and photo 8; the assembly line of Indian C-130J in positions 1, 2, and 3 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, US. Photos: Lockheed Martin Media Department/US/India
By Anantha Krishnan M. | Aviation Week
Bangalore, India | June 01, 2010
Giving insights into India’s C-130J, Lockheed Martin sources said that though exterior looks very much like previous C-130s, the aircraft will be different in many ways. “The mission and propulsion systems have been completely redesigned. A new digital avionics architecture and propulsion system, twin head-up pilot displays that are certified as primary flight instruments, and dual mission computers that automate many functions, allowing the aircraft to be operated by only two pilots and a loadmaster,” sources said.
A key to the C-130J’s increased performance is the new propulsion system. Four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 engines, each flat rated at 4,591 shaft horsepower, generate more thrust with greater fuel efficiency.
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