Immediate Action Required: Ask your senators and representatives to cosponsor S.2758 and H.R. 5119, the C-130 Modernization Act
The Air National Guard (ANG) currently operates around 40 percent of the Air Force’s C-130 fleet and airlift capability with some of the most experienced pilots and maintainers in the force. However, the ANG possesses some of the oldest models of the aircraft, the C-130H model.
The Air Force is projected to have approximately 250 C-130H models in its inventory (assuming fleet size remains at current levels) until fiscal 2018. And over 90 percent of the aging fleet resides in the reserve component. These aircraft will soon be impacted by changing avionics regulations which will result in limited access to certain airspace. The Air Force needs flexibility to upgrade C-130Hs to meet avionics mandates by 2020.
Without modernization, the C-130H fleet will lose the ability to operate in many portions of the world. This would make Guard aircraft incapable of global operations, ultimately restricting airlift capability and diminishing the Guard’s role as an operational reserve of the active component.
The Air Force should work with the ANG to provide a distinct and coherent modernization and recapitalization plan. This is the only way the Air Force can maintain robust Total Force airlift capability moving into the future.
By using the Write to Congress at www.ngaus.org, you can email your elected representatives. A sample letter is included. You can email the prewritten message or edit the sample letter as you desire. Also, urge your friends and family to use Write to Congress. Please direct any questions concerning this issue to Pete Duffy, Legislative Director at [email protected]