Terma North America has been awarded a $15 million firm-fixed price contract from Lockheed Martin in support of hardware updates on the U.S. Air Force (USAF) HC-130J Combat King II aircraft.
The contract calls for the supply of ALQ-213A Defensive Aids Controller (DAC) and Range-Less Electronic Warfare Training (REWT) which allows integration of the Defensive System Suite to the HC-130J and provides the aircrew with the capability to perform realistic EW training while flying their mission.
The ALQ-213A DAC based integration will provide the aircrew enhanced control of the HC-130J defensive systems and provisions that allow the addition of future systems to the Defensive Systems Suite.
REWT is the latest version of advanced realistic EW training systems from Terma. This provides a more flexible, cost-effective EW training compared to training on EW ranges.
Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor and will certify the Defensive Systems Suite capability on the HC-130J.
“This program will provide the warfighters with capabilities that have long been sought after. The company leverages legacy products to ensure the safe return of aircrew everywhere, so it’s important that Terma deliver to the mutual mission of protecting those who use our products. It’s important to focus on the overarching goal – to keep our warfighters out of harm’s way, even when they fly into a potentially hostile environment,” said Lars Tolstrup, Business Development Director, Terma.
Terma North America has provided the ALQ-213A DAC in the past for several international C-130J aircraft, where special defensive systems integration was required, under contracts with Lockheed Martin in Marietta.
The HC-130J Combat King II aircraft, operated by the U.S. Air Force, is an extended-range, combat search and rescue (CSAR) version of the C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of C-130 Hercules airlifter with new engines, flight deck, and other systems.
The HC-130J replaces HC-130P/N Combat King aircraft, based on C-130 Hercules, as the only dedicated fixed-wing Personnel Recovery platform in the Air Force inventory.
The aircraft’s mission is to rapidly deploy to execute combatant commander directed recovery operations to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary, all weather personnel recovery operations to include airdrop, airland, helicopter air-to-air refueling, and forward area ground refueling missions. When tasked, the aircraft also conducts humanitarian assistance operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation, and noncombatant evacuation operations.