United States Marine Corps Lockheed Martin KC-130J Aerial Refueling
United States Marine Corps Lockheed Martin KC-130J Aerial Refueling

Sierra Nevada Corporation Awarded Contract to Upgrade US Navy NAVAIR KC-130J Tanker

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company, was selected by U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) for a new contract award to support KC-130J 7.0/8.1 Block Upgrade installations on four United States Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft. Options for an additional eight aircraft were also awarded. This contract is the third SNC has been awarded in recent years. The KC-130J Block Upgrade is a new flight management system that conforms to communications, navigation, surveillance (CNS) and air traffic management (ATM) mandates. Additionally, it provides enhanced global positioning system (GPS) capabilities, upgraded communications systems and improves friend-or-foe identification technology.

“SNC’s decades of proven expertise and robust production infrastructure have made it a go-to leader in large aircraft modification and integration,” said Mark Williams, senior vice president of aviation strategic plans and programs. “This latest NAVAIR contract is further proof that SNC’s trusted services and innovative thinking motivate our customers and partners to continue working with us – not because they have to, but because they want to. As always, SNC’s team of committed experts are delivering results for our clients.”

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U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) KC-130J modifications for United States Marine Corps
U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) KC-130J modifications for United States Marine Corps.

This award for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Aviation and Security (IAS) business area strengthens its reputation as an industry leader in post-production modifications on C-130 aircraft. IAS is a leading integrator for special mission aircraft, including major AC-130J modifications, MC-130J RF countermeasures (RFCM), MC-130J airborne mission networking (AbMN), KC-130J Harvest Hawk Plus and other mission system upgrades. IAS performs special mission aircraft upgrades in its expansive production space in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC is a trusted leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through best-of-breed, open architecture engineering in Space Systems, Commercial Solutions, and National Security and Defense. SNC is recognized among The Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space and was selected as a US Best Managed Company for two consecutive years. For nearly 60 years, SNC has delivered state-of-the-art civil, military and commercial solutions including more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. In spring 2021, SNC announced the transition of its Space Systems business area to an independent commercial space company, Sierra Space.

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) KC-130J Tankers
U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
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