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Cascade Aerospace begins block 7.0 upgrade on CC-130J Hercules

Stephen Law   

Electronics Engineering

Cascade Aerospace Inc., Abbotsford BC, announced its completion of the first Block 7.0 upgrade installation on a C-130J Super Hercules operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

C-130J Super Hercules

This is the first C-130J Block 7.0 upgrade to be completed outside of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Government facility. All 17 CC-130Js in the RCAF’s fleet will receive the Block 7.0 upgrade with Cascade Aerospace managing the installation process.

The Block 7.0 program adds 29 capabilities to the C-130J Hercules, including:

* Link-16 Tactical Data Link, which provides enhanced situational awareness by linking voice and graphic communications between allied aircraft


* New Flight Management System that complies with CNS/ATM mandates and includes vertical navigation and coupled auto throttle capacity

* Special mission display processor

* Civil GPS

* Ground power modules

The Block 7.0 capabilities were selected by a multi-national C-130J Super Hercules user group that includes Canada, the United States, Italy, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia and Norway. Canada will be the first C-130J operator to accomplish a full fleet Block 7.0 upgrade, scheduled to be complete in October 2016.

About Cascade Aerospace: Operating unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence, is a leading Canadian speciality aerospace & defence contractor that provides long-term integrated fleet support programs and comprehensive program management, engineering, aircraft maintenance, modification and integrated logistics support to domestic & international military, government and commercial customers.


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