$33.3M to Continue C-5 Galaxy AMP-RERP Modernization

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C-5 Refuels from KC-135Note KC-135 = 707 airliner!(click to view full) Lockheed Martin Co. in Marietta, GA received a $33.3 million firm fixed price contract modification for C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) Production Lot IV Kits, Support, Spares and Maintenance Training Device Spares. Work will be complete in June 2008. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH issued the contract (F33657-98-C-0006/P00161). DID covered an earlier $98 million AMP contract back on Nov. 15, 2005. Fundamentally, the C-5 Galaxy AMP (aka. C-5M) program is about changing 1960s and 1970s avionics to make the cockpit more like its commercial counterparts. The goal is to meet global standards while flying in commercial airspace and also improve the C-5’s low readiness rates. How big a problem is that? This story may illustrate: C-5 Unloads CH-53E Heli(click to view full) From Air Force Magazine: “The Galaxy also has major problems, as was glaringly apparent during one particular C-5’s trip from Dover to Europe. As it readied for takeoff, an engine warning light appeared in the cockpit. The flight crew taxied the airplane back to the apron, the passengers got off, and maintenance crews investigated. After the problem was fixed and the […]

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