UTC Aerospace Systems has secured a new US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contract to support the upgrade of the NP2000 propellers on 24 C/KC-130T aircraft.
The deal was awarded through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
The initiative will also see UTC upgrade C-130H propeller systems under a contract with the Air National Guard (ANG).
A total of nine out of 12 systems have already been upgraded by the company as part of the project.
The two contracts awarded to UTC Aerospace Systems have a total combined value of more than $140m.
UTC Aerospace Systems Propeller Systems general manager Jean-Francois Chanut said: “The industry-leading propeller technology of UTC Aerospace Systems’ NP2000 provides operators with enhanced performance and reliability.
“We’re proud to support the ANG and NAVAIR and look forward to continuing to work with them to increase the operational efficiency of their C-130 fleets.”
NP2000 propeller units are equipped with eight composite blades and upgraded electronic control systems.
They are claimed to provide a variety of benefits, including reduced vibration and interior noise, as well as a thrust increase of approximately 20% during low-speed acceleration.
The upgraded NP2000 propeller enables operators to remove and replace individual blades on-wing without removing the entire propeller system, which increases the aircraft’s availability and operational performance, while reducing maintenance times and costs.
In addition, the propeller is integrated with additional electric and intelligent technologies provided by UTC, including a digital electronic control system that improves speed maintenance and blade synchronisation.
The company has already started work on the modification of the first C/KC-130T aircraft and is slated to continue the upgrades over the next few years.