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TAI ERBYES (C-130B/E)


Tactical Transport Modernization Program [ 2024 ]



The TAI ERCIYES is a local Turkish modernization effort to bring C-130B and C-130E models to a new standard.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/11/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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ERCYES is a Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) avionics modernization of in-service Lockheed Martin C-130B and C-130E tactical transports of the Turkish Air Force (TAF). The program contract was signed in December of 2006 between TAI and firm SSM to result in the modification of six B- and thirteen E-models for the fleet. The program will include an "all-glass", digitally-managed cockpit comprised of four Multi-Function Displays (MFDs), a pair of CDUs, twin multi-mission computers to spread about the mission workload, and all-modern ILS.

The program involves a pair of prototypes for the initial conversion work to be handed by TAI. From this will be developed kits for the TAF to convert the remainder of the intended C-130 fleet. The kits will also be made available to other global operators of the C-130 family line.

The Lockheed aircraft will retain all of its inherently excellent qualities including "low-and-slow" handling / flight made possible by the high-winged mainplanes, ground clearance of the turboprop blades, and the powered rear cargo access door.

The expected result will be a tactical-level airlifter suitable for the rigors of the modern battlefield more in line with the latest Western C-130 operational models and other high-winged transport offerings originating from Europe.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
2024

Origin
Turkey national flag graphic
Turkey

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
3

Production
19
UNITS


Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey; Lockheed Martin - USA
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Airborne Early Warning (AEW)
Specially-equipped platform providing over-battlefield Command and Control (C2) capability for allied aerial elements.
Special-Mission: Electronic Warfare (EW)
Equipped to actively deny adversaries the ElectroMagnetic (EM) spectrum and protect said spectrum for allied forces.
Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.


RADAR-CAPABLE
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
COUNTERMEASURES
Survivability enhanced by way of onboard electronic or physical countermeasures enacted by the aircraft or pilot/crew.
MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
CREWSPACE PRESSURIZATION
Supports pressurization required at higher operating altitudes for crew survival.
ENCLOSED CREWSPACE(S)
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
RETRACTABLE UNDERCARRIAGE
Features retracting / retractable undercarriage to preserve aerodynamic efficiency.
ENHANCED ACCESS
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.


Length
96.1 ft
(29.30 m)
Width/Span
130.2 ft
(39.70 m)
Height
39.0 ft
(11.90 m)
MTOW
154,324 lb
(70,000 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the TAI ERCIYES (C-130E) production variant)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
High-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the TAI ERCIYES (C-130E) production variant)
Installed: 4 x Allison T56-A-7 turboprop engines developing 4,200 horsepower each driving four-bladed propeller units.
Max Speed
351 mph
(565 kph | 305 kts)
Cruise Speed
264 mph
(425 kph | 229 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+87 mph
(+140 kph | 76 kts)
Ceiling
19,685 ft
(6,000 m | 4 mi)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the TAI ERCIYES (C-130E) production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
ERCIYES - Base Program Name.


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