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C-130 Electronic Cockpit Reliability and Maintainability Technology Insertion Program (RAMTIP),

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The Reliability and Maintainability Technology Insertion Program RAMTIP is aimed at accelerating new technologies from the laboratory and applying them to Air Force weapon systems in an effort to improve reliability and maintainability R and M. This RAMTIP project will replace some sixty analog type cockpit instruments in a Military Airlift Command MAC C-130E with six liquid crystal flat panel displays. Five displays will be installed on the pilotscopilots instrument panel with a sixth display installed at the navigators station. Designed in the mid-1950s, the C-130 has remained highly cost effective to procure and operate. This is due largely to the simplicity of its systems and the fact that its design and tooling costs have long since been amortized. The aircraft performs a diversity of missions quite well, but the repairing and stocking of obsolete analog type instruments has become logistically difficult and costly. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the operational effectiveness and suitability of active matrix liquid crystal flat panel displays in the C-130 and to validate the projected R and M improvements of this technology over electromechanical analog instruments and cathode ray tubes CRT. Although work is still in progress on this project, the successful development and integration of this technology offers significant potential improvement in R and M redundancy with graceful degradation, and enhanced operational effectiveness. Once proven, this technology can be applied to a wide variety of other aircraft throughout the Air Force inventory and other Department of Defense services, as well as that of the commercial aircraft industry.

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  • Transport Aircraft

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