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The effort to upgrade the fleet of C-5A and B models is gaining steam with completion earlier this month of the first C-5 to receive a new avionics system. The aircraft has just entered into a reengine program.
The U.S. Air Force wants to install new avionics on the flight decks of 112 C-5 A and Bs over the next four years, but the production schedules have not been set yet for the Reliability Enhancement Reengining Program (RERP). The first "production" aircraft with a new cockpit recently installed at Dover AFB, Del., is now in RERP at Marietta, Ga. It is expected to make a first flight with the General Electric CF6-80C2 in the third-quarter 2005.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. could earn $5-9 billion on the two upgrades with RERP accounting for the bulk of the potential revenue and avionics bringing in $600 million of the total. The avionics upgrade will put the C-5 on par with many of today's commercial flight decks.