(July 15, 2014) The Adjutants General Association of the United States delivered letters last week to two Senate committees asking them to support a modernization program for the C-130H aircraft. Without it, they said, their aircraft would not be allowed to fly in large portions of the globe.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization will require by 2020 enhanced communication aids onboard all aircraft. However, that equipment, known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast-Out, is not included in the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program now underway, the generals point out in letters signed by the 18 adjutants general from states with C-130H aircraft.
"Additionally, a fully funded AMP program, even if immediately re-started today with zero programmatic delays, would modernize only a small fraction of the C-130H fleet by 2020," they write. "This is unacceptable."
The letters were sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee and the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The generals say the relevancy of their aircraft is at risk if the required technology is not added to their aircraft and ask for a "comprehensive initiative" to keep the C-130Hs in the air everywhere.