Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

Microvanes are a proven and tested drag-reducing product for the Hercules, priced affordably with a fast return on investment (ROI). The Microvane-related products include Microvanes themselves, made up of 20 unique vanes approximately 9” x 2” x 2” that are adhered to the aircraft’s fuselage, and a Locating Fixture that is a tool used for positioning Microvanes in the proper location on the fuselage.

Microvane Product Pricing

  • Commercial pricing for Microvanes is $125,000 USD per ship set; volume order discounts negotiable.
  • Locating Fixture tool (reusable) is $55,000 USD.

Installation

Installation fees and associated cost to be determined separately. Installation can be conducted by an authorized Lockheed Martin C-130 Service Center or on premise by the customer’s trained personnel. Note that Metro Aerospace additionally offers on premise training in the form of a hands-on installation workshop, in the train-the-trainer format.

Availability

Lead time of the Microvane kit is approximately six (6) weeks after receipt of order, depending on order quantity.

All parts are manufactured and produced in the USA; no ITAR restrictions related to shipping.

Microvane NSNs:

1560-01-667-8951     1560-01-667-9552     1560-01-667-8508     1560-01-667-8943     1560-01-667-8948
1560-01-667-8941     1560-01-667-8952     1560-01-667-8949     1560-01-667-8947     1560-01-667-8946
1560-01-667-8944     1560-01-667-8950     1560-01-667-8491     1560-01-667-9548     1560-01-667-8524
1560-01-667-8945     1560-01-667-8521     1560-01-667-8502     1560-01-667-8494     1560-01-667-9545

Locating Fixture Tool NSNs:

1560-01-667-8936     1560-01-667-8939

Rapid Return on Investment

The drag on the tail section associated with the upswept aft fuselages present on large cargo transports like the Hercules accounts for 11 percent of the total drag on the aircraft. By extensively testing Microvanes on both the C-130H and C-130J, it has been proven the aircraft drag is reduced in a range of 15 to 25 points which can result in fuel savings of four percent at cruise conditions, significantly lowering operating cost, while extending flight time and enhancing payload capability.

Credit: Lockheed Martin C-130J-SOF INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES CONFIGURATIONS, https://lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed/data/aero/documents/c130brochure/C130JSOF_Brochure_Final_Website.pdf

A simple analysis based on the drag reduction and corresponding fuel savings can provide a rough estimate of the annual operating savings you can achieve based on fuel savings alone, not including any engine wear reduction, or added benefits such as extended time on mission and increased payload capability. To customize your own fuel savings analysis, simply download the Excel file below and enter your flight hours and cost of fuel.

DOWNLOAD FUEL SAVINGS CALCULATOR