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Lockheed C-130J Program in crisis

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posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 09:41 AM
The latest version of the venerable C-130 transport built at Lockheeds factory in Marrietta, Georgia since 1954 has not lived up to expectations nor requirments of the Airforce. According to WSB radio in Atlanta, programming and operational problems with the planes avionics and computerized systems are at fault.

"The C-130J was supposed to be a quantum leap in capabilities," Aboulafia said. "If the evaluation is accurate, it implies the technical problems have outweighed the gains. Until the situation is corrected, it doesn't augur well for more C-130J export contracts."

"The 50 C-130J aircraft delivered "do not meet commercial contract specifications or operational requirements," the summary said. "Because of those performance deficiencies, military units that have the C-130J as part of their inventory must continue to maintain and use their older but more capable C-130 aircraft."

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Moscow Times
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[Edited on 13-4-2004 by Phoenix]


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