Today’s C-130 crew can experience greater comfort and safety, as well as be mission ready with the Collins Aerospace NP2000 propeller system. Upgrading the C-130’s legacy mechanical control system that’s been flying for decades, the NP2000 offers eight composite blades and digital EPCS -- providing operators reduced vibration and interior noise while improving speed holding and blade synchronization.
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.
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.
With more than 1,000,000 flight hours, the NP2000 is military qualified, operating globally on the E-2 and C-130 fleets. And with our continued investment and expansion of MRO facilities around the globe, Collins Aerospace remains committed to ensuring the C-130 fleets fly well into the future.
In addition to the C-130, the NP2000 is available for the Northrop Grumman E-2 and C-2 and is planned for use on the Lockheed Martin P-3.