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Battelle Offers Options to Drive Down C-130 Legacy Weapon Systems Life Cycle Costs

Posted on Oct 20, 2011


COLUMBUS, OH., 20 October, 2011—The famed C-130 has been flying for America’s armed services since the late 1940s, serving as a platform for troops and cargo, weather and tactical missions and even refueling. But more than 60 years of continued use means lots of legacy issues. That’s where Battelle comes in.

Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, possesses capabilities to reverse engineer and redesign configurations for avionics and electronics that are old and difficult to maintain. Any first-year economics student knows that as parts get older and harder to find, they become more expensive. Redesigning the Line Replaceable Units in these great airplanes to make them more reliable, available and affordable is critical to their future success.

Battelle’s National Security Global Business Air Force Market Sector is focused on several specific platforms, including the C-130, F-16, A-10 and the HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Many of these aging planes have electronics that no longer have technical data patches, causing many problems as they age and malfunction. In order to remain cost-effective, the logistics and sustainment of the legacy weapons systems on board these platforms—the life cycle costs—must be kept in check.

At the 23rd Annual C-130 Technical Coordination Group World Wide Review in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 24-27, Battelle staff will be available to discuss its expertise in technology modernization. They will have examples of mission life extension for the C-130 as well as displays of the EASHM and UH-60 cockpit instrument panel.

Click here to watch Battelle’s Mission Life Extension video


  • Date: Monday-Thursday, Oct. 24-27
  • Place: Hyatt Regency Riverfront Grand Ballroom, Jacksonville (Florida) River
  • Booth:  514

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or



Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544