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Northrop improving C-130 system

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Air National Guard C-130H crews are being given increased situational awareness during airlift, airdrop and other operations by Northrop Grumman.

The company said it had been given a $12.7 million cost-plus fixed-fee contract from the Defense Micro-Electronics Activity to integrate software and hardware that will enable real-time tactical information to be displayed in the C-130H cockpit and navigator station.

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The displays will provide information obtained from Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol and Situational Awareness Data Link communications, allowing the C-130 crew to not only see the theater tactical picture but also electronically identify its position to others within the theater of operation.

Northrop Grumman is also installing the ARC-210 airborne military radio, which provides two-way voice and data communications and is software-operated as part of the Real Time Information in the Cockpit program.

The company said 32 ANG C-130Hs will have the Real Time Information in the Cockpit installed in Utah following a 12-month integration phase.

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