Avionics Upgrade for C-130 Aircraft

02 August 2017

As the Philippine Air Force (PAF) gradually modernizes to become a more credible Air Force guided by its Flight Plan 2028, so as the 220th Airlift Wing. When it comes to providing airlift and mobility support, the C-130s – one of the platforms of the PAF housed and maintained by the Wing – are utilized to carry out this mission. With the ongoing modernization program of the Wing, it has projected to upgrade the avionics system of some of the C-130 aircraft – from analog to digital, integration of glass cockpit, and use of touch screen displays. With this transition, dial-driven instrument will soon be a thing in the past.

The 220th AW has taken significant strides to make this endeavor a realization. Selected members of the Requirement Definition Technical Working Group (TWG) visited the Wing’s headquarters in Brigadier General Benito N Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu to assess the avionics maintenance system of the three C-130 aircraft. The visit was meant to conduct aircraft configuration assessment, discuss the mission requirements and obsolescence issues, and identify the requirements needed for training and maintenance.

Apart from this, the TWG performed site survey inside the Wing’s hangar, particularly at the avionics and aerospace ground equipment shops, to check if the platforms would be compatible once they are modified. As a response, personnel from the Office of Directorate for Logistics and 470th Maintenance Support Group made a thorough evaluation of the proposed enhancement and presented it to the TWG members.

The completion of this project will definitely boost the Wing's airlift operations now that the demand for the utilization of our C-130 aircraft in the international airspace is very eminent. This upgrade is considered a welcome development of the Wing’s ongoing modernization program. In fact, this is one of the identified upgrades in the Wing's Flight Plan 2028. This is also part of the its initiatives towards organizational transformation.

The new Wing Commander, Colonel Stephen N Parreño PAF (GSC) is very supportive about this project. In fact, this is translated in his command thrust in developing airlift capability that is compliant to international standards.

Courtesy of: 220th AW