Air Force to equip new C-130J Hercules fleet with Terrain Awareness Warning System


The Indian Air Force is to equip its new fleet of six C-130J Hercules aircraft with Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS), shows a solicitation posted by the US Air Force on the US Federal Business Opportunities website.

The contract will be for 40 months starting from May 31, 2017 and the last date of submission of response is by 4 PM, March 30.

“The United States Air Force, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, C-130J Division, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio is seeking to identify potential sources possessing the expertise, capabilities and experience needed to meet the following requirement. Provide six (6) C-130J aircraft with the terrain elevation data for the Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) subscription for 40 months, starting 31 May 2017 through 31 August 2020,” read the post. The respondents have been asked to submit a capabilities package that explicitly demonstrates company capabilities, knowledge and experience with terrain elevation data for the TAWS. “This capabilities package should discuss specific examples of work performed as it directly pertains to this specific requirement,” added the solicitation.

The IAF had initially procured six C-130Js, out of which, it lost one in an accident in 2014 and another was damaged in February this year. The IAF  has only four Hercules aircraft now and will be receiving a new lot of six aircrafts by mid-2017. The contract for these six C-130J fleet was awarded in 2013 for $1 billion. A Terrain Awareness Warning System helps a flight into terrain to predict a recovery flight path to avoid accidents.

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