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Tactical Transport Modernization Program

Turkiye | 2024

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

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the TAI ERCIYES (C-130E) Tactical Transport Modernization Program.
4 x Allison T56-A-7 turboprop engines developing 4,200 horsepower each driving four-bladed propeller units.
351 mph
565 kph | 305 kts
Max Speed
19,685 ft
6,000 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the TAI ERCIYES (C-130E) Tactical Transport Modernization Program.
96.1 ft
29.30 m
O/A Length
130.2 ft
(39.70 m)
O/A Width
39.0 ft
(11.90 m)
O/A Height
154,324 lb
(70,000 kg)
Notable series variants as part of the TAI ERBYES (C-130B/E) family line.
ERCIYES - Base Program Name.
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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.

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Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the TAI ERBYES (C-130B/E). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 19 Units

Contractor(s): Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey; Lockheed Martin - USA
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Image of the TAI ERBYES (C-130B/E)
Image from official TAI marketing materials.

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