U.S. company Lockheed Martin is under contract to upgrade 111 of the Air Force's C-5 strategic heavy airlift aircraft under the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program. Officials say the aircraft upgrade program includes replacing analog cockpit instruments with new digital technologies, among other advances.
Lockheed Martin on Thursday introduced the first upgraded C-5 to the Air Force.
"The combination of hardware and software afforded through Avionics Modernization Program allows Air Force crews to fly unrestricted anywhere in the world," George Shultz, Lockheed Martin C-5 Modernization vice president, said in a statement.
"Modernizing the C-5As today with new avionics further ensures this unique national asset will continue to support the war fighter for many years to come."