C-130 life extension
The life extension programme for the five C-130H Hercules aircraft operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
The scope of the project was to replace specific mechanical, avionic and structural components, and the design and installation of flight deck communications and navigation improvements to meet air traffic management regulations.
Project budget of NZ$226 million (excl. GST) is approved.
A further NZ$21.2 million (excl. GST) is approved to upgrade the self-protection system fitted to the aircraft.
A further NZ$9.85 million (excl. GST) is approved to complete the production phase for the upgrade of the remaining three aircraft.
- L-3 Communications Spar Aerospace of Edmonton Canada, signed December 2004.
- L-3IS of Waco Texas – assigned the contract after L-3 closed. The first two aircraft were modified in Canada and testing continued in Texas.
- Mid-2010 - L-3, the Ministry of Defence and Safe Air Limited reached an agreement for the Ministry to take over the management of the production phase to upgrade the remaining three aircraft.
- March 2011 - RNZAF Base Woodbourne started on the first of the three aircraft.
- Aviation Labour Group - principal labour provider for the programme.
- Safe Air - support services.
The final aircraft will be completed at Woodbourne, Blenheim, in December 2016.
The C-130 Hercules in action
Read about how the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has used the C-130 Hercules in operations:
- NZDF transports aid supplies to Fiji following Cyclone Winston (external link)
- Supporting Middle East operations (external link)
View the latest NZDF media releases (external link) .
Find out more about the C-130 Hercules on the RNZAF website (external link) .
Contact: Neil Hygate, Programme Director Air