Avionics Modernization

The Need for C-130 Modernization

With a 62 year legacy, the C-130 Hercules still remains the U.S. Military's primary combat delivery aircraft. In addition to its primary tactical airlift role, C-130s support humanitarian, peacekeeping, and disaster relief operations. To provide flight essential updates to this critical platform, Northrop Grumman’s C-130 modernization efforts are designed specifically to retain existing functional capabilities, upgrade where feasible, and replace where necessary. This approach ensures the C-130 fleet remains capable of safely and effectively executing on today’s global stage and maintaining relevancy for tomorrow’s mission.

Northrop Grumman, The Future of the C-130

Northrop Grumman offers a proven, affordable and upgradable open architecture avionics modernization solution. Our fully customizable solution is perfectly suited to meet future reserve component mission needs such as Night Vision Imaging System compliant lighting and Precision Airdrop all while preserving mission capability and operational tempo.

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Proven C-130 Performance

Northrop Grumman’s “retain, upgrade, replace” approach to legacy C-130 modernization is evident throughout US defense, foreign military and commercial sectors. We have a proven history of successful avionics modernization that minimizes operational unit downtime and maximizes investments into a fight-proven solution already flying in two air forces.





We place an emphasis on Open Systems Architecture which allows the customer to easily adapt to evolving requirements and satisfy organic sustainment strategies. This ensures that Northrop Grumman offers upfront affordability for future upgrades. We also include the end user into all our processes to reduce overall training costs. And as an original equipment manufacturer for several pieces of retained equipment on the C-130H, Northrop Grumman has the pathway to integrate at lower risks and lower costs.



What are the benefits of Northrop Grumman’s open systems architecture?

Northrop Grumman creates a unique value for our customers. Some of the potential benefits of open systems architecture could include:

  • Enabling the system to adapt to evolving requirements and threats – without costly rework to original mods
  • Accelerating transition from science and technology into development and deployment
  • Facilitating systems reconfiguration and integration – at the speed of the mission’s needs
  • Reducing the development cycle time and total life cycle cost
  • Maintaining continued access to cutting edge technologies and products from multiple suppliers that will be ready when you are
  • Maximizing the ability of the Government to make future planned upgrades and modifications.

These elements of open systems architecture can allow for customers to satisfy organic sustainment strategies and mitigate the risks associated with technology obsolescence, being locked into proprietary or vendor-unique technology and reliance on a single source of supply over the life of the system.



In designing our solution, we have taken into consideration potential future upgrades to avoid costly future aircraft downtime. There is a design emphasis on affordable upgradability and commonality across the fleet which increases mission readiness and effectiveness for this platform’s ever-changing mission needs. Examples of future upgrades include:

  • Heads-up display
  • Digital intercom system
  • LITENING Pod integration
  • Multi-mission combat system station
  • Self-protection system


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