Posted: Mar 24, 2014 2:23 AM
Updated: Mar 24, 2014 2:25 AM
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) Keesler Air Force Base's 10 WC-130J aircraft, known as the Hurricane Hunters, are being equipped with commercial Iridium satellite phone systems through Lockheed Martin.
Keesler chief meteorologist Lt. Col. Jon Talbot tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1d87kU3 ) the new system will allow for direct communication with both the air traffic control and National Hurricane Center.
Talbot says the new system will be a backup to the traditional radio communications, but it will ensure the line of communication isn't severed during a mission.
Talbot says Lockheed Martin ran tests to assure the new system wouldn't interfere with existing equipment.
He says Lockheed workers will arrive at Keesler in April to install the system on the remaining aircraft.
Hurricane season begins June 1.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com