Lockheed Martin has delivered the 52nd C-5M Tremendous Galaxy strategic transport modernised beneath the US Air Drive’s Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Programme.
The supply completes the RERP improve, which extends the service lifetime of the C-5 fleet out till the 2040s.
“With the potential inherent within the C-5M, the Tremendous Galaxy is extra environment friendly and extra dependable, and higher capable of do its job of actually world strategic airlift,” mentioned Patricia Pagan, Lockheed Martin Air Mobility and Maritime Missions Strategic Airlift director,
“I’m very happy with the contractor-government group than carried out the C-5 fleet modernisation effort. We’ve labored very exhausting to make sure the C-5Ms are the very best strategic airlifters attainable for our armed forces.”
A US Air Drive Reserve Command aircrew from the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, ferried the ultimate C-5M to Stewart Air Drive Base, New York, the place the plane will bear inside paint restoration. As soon as that work is full, the plane might be flown to Westover the place will probably be the eighth C-5M assigned to the bottom, say Lockheed.
Lockheed Martin started RERP growth work in 2001. RERP incorporates greater than 70 enhancements that enhance reliability, effectivity, maintainability and availability. RERP included modifications or modifications to the airframe construction; environmental and pneumatic techniques; hydraulic techniques, electrical system; gas system; touchdown gear; and flight controls.
“The guts of the system is the GE F138 turbofan engine (often known as a CF6-80C2L1F within the industrial world) de-rated to 50,000 kilos of thrust on the C-5M. This engine supplies 22 p.c extra thrust than the out-of-production TF39 turbofans on the sooner C-5A/B/C plane. The engines additionally permit the C-5M to fulfill the FAA’s Stage four noise discount necessities.
These modifications, taken collectively, lead to a 22 p.c improve in thrust, a shorter takeoff roll; a 58 p.c enchancment in climb price; permits the C-5M to cruise—at most gross weight—within the Communication/Navigation/Surveillance / Air Visitors Administration (CNS/ATM) flight surroundings; and enormously enhanced gas effectivity and fewer tanker help demand.”