Collins Aerospace Gets New Orders for C‑130 NP2000 Propeller System

 In Air, Forces & Capabilities

Collins Aerospace Systems has been select­ed to deliv­er NP2000 pro­peller sys­tems for an addi­tion­al 30 Lockheed Martin C‑130H air­craft for the US Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve (AFR). Collins Aerospace is a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp.

With its eight com­pos­ite blades and dig­i­tal Electronic Propeller Control System (EPCS), NP2000 offers a number of ben­e­fits com­pared to legacy sys­tems includ­ing: a 20 per­cent thrust increase during take-off, a 20db sound reduc­tion in the cock­pit and a 50 per­cent reduc­tion in main­te­nance man-hours. Along with C‑130 vari­ants, NP2000 has been in ser­vice with US and inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers on the Northrop Grumman E‑2 and C‑2 since 2004, and is planned for use on the Lockheed Martin P‑3.

With the receipt of this new order, bring­ing the total order to 55 C‑130H air­craft to date, Collins Aerospace con­tin­ues to make progress toward USAF’s plan to retro­fit approx­i­mate­ly 160 C‑130H air­craft with NP2000, the com­pa­ny said Sept 14.. In addi­tion to the new order, Collins Aerospace earned the system’s C‑130H Air Worthiness Certification from USAF and com­plet­ed the first formal com­bined NP2000/EPCS instal­la­tion on a USAF C‑130H in April.

“Collins Aerospace is hon­ored to sup­port the US Air Force,” said Jean-Francois Chanut, gen­er­al man­ag­er, Propeller Systems, Collins Aerospace. “Our inno­v­a­tive NP2000 system incor­po­rates more intel­li­gent, state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies designed to enhance effi­cien­cy and boost air­craft avail­abil­i­ty, while increas­ing crew com­fort and safety. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the Air Force to help them max­i­mize the per­for­mance and avail­abil­i­ty of their C‑130 fleet.” –shp/mgm

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