Collins Aerospace announced today that the first Chilean Air Force (CAF) C-130 has successfully upgraded to the NP2000 propeller system. The completion of this install marks a major milestone as it serves as the first international C-130 upgraded with NP2000. Under the order, Collins will upgrade the Chilean Air Force’s C-130 fleet including C-130B, C-130E, KC-130R and C-130H model variants. With its eight composite blades and the Electronic Propeller Control System (EPCS), the NP2000 propeller systems offers several benefits compared to our legacy systems including: up to 20 percent thrust increase during take-off, approximately 20db sound reduction in the cockpit and up to 50 percent reduction in maintenance hours.
“This installation of the full NP2000 propeller system marks the first international modernization of the C-130 for the Chilean Air Force,” said Quinlan Lyte, senior director, Propeller Systems, Collins Aerospace. “Our innovative NP2000 system incorporates sophisticated, state-of-the-art technologies designed to enhance efficiency and boost aircraft availability, as well as reducing crew fatigue and safety. We look forward to continuing to work with the Chilean Air Force and other future international customers to help them maximize the performance and availability of their C-130 fleet.”
The NP2000 reduces maintenance time and cost, while providing valuable diagnostics for aircraft maintenance teams. Unlike the existing propeller system, the NP2000 allows operators to remove and replace individual blades on-wing, without removing the entire propeller system. This results in significant cost savings per flight hour, as well as reduced maintenance labor hours. Over the remaining lifespan of the C-130, this could equal to millions in savings. Along with C-130 variants, NP2000 has been in service with U.S. and international customers on the Northrop Grumman E-2 and C-2 since 2004 with over one million flight hours. NP2000 is also planned for use on the P-3 Orion. This innovative propeller system shortens heavyweight take off by approximately 300 meters with up to 20 percent greater propeller takeoff thrust.
This innovative propeller system shortens heavyweight take off by approximately 300 meters with up to 20 percent greater propeller takeoff thrust. And by lowering airframe noise and vibration, the MTBF of additional aircraft systems increase, while crew fatigue can decrease. Collins Aerospace is engaged in designing, manufacturing and servicing systems and components for commercial aviation, business aviation, military and defense, helicopters, space, airports, and other industries. Collins Aerospace has six strategic business units: Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Missions Systems, and Power & Controls.