Cascade Aerospace Begins Block 7.0 Upgrade on Canada’s CC-130J Hercules


February 9, 2016 – Abbotsford, BC – Cascade Aerospace Inc., announces the completition of the first Block 7.0 upgrade installation on a C-130J Super Hercules operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). This is the first C-130J Block 7.0 upgrade to be completed outside of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Government facility. All 17 CC-130Js in the RCAF’s fleet will receive the Block 7.0 upgrade with Cascade Aerospace managing the installation process.

The Block 7.0 program adds 29 capabilities to the C-130J Hercules, including:

  • Link-16 Tactical Data Link, which provides enhanced situational awareness by linking voice and graphic communications between allied aircraft
  • New Flight Management System that complies with CNS/ATM mandates and includes vertical navigation and coupled auto throttle capacity
  • Special mission display processor
  • Civil GPS
  • Ground power modules

The Block 7.0 capabilities were selected by a multi-national C-130J Super Hercules user group that includes Canada, the United States, Italy, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia and Norway. Canada will be the first C-130J operator to accomplish a full fleet Block 7.0 upgrade, scheduled to be complete in October 2016.

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About Cascade Aerospace

Cascade Aerospace, an operating unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence, is a leading Canadian specialty aerospace & defence contractor that provides long-term integrated fleet support programs and comprehensive program management, engineering, aircraft maintenance, modification and integrated logistics support to domestic & international military, government and commercial customers.

About IMP Aerospace & Defence

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