Air Mobility Command officials at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., have announced the C-5M aircraft has achieved a milestone in its upgrade program.

Air Mobility Command officials at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., have announced the Initial Operational Capability milestone for the C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft.

IOC was achieved for upgraded C-5M aircraft after successful Qualification Test, Operational Test and Evaluation and delivery of the 16th C-5M aircraft with trained aircrew and maintenance personnel now at Dover Air Force Base.

“I’m proud of Dover’s efforts in helping to achieve this significant milestone,” said Col. Rick Moore, 436th Airlift Wing commander. “Our aircrews and maintainers have worked tirelessly to support the upgrade and launch of the Super Galaxy airframe, to include training the next generation of operators and mechanics. We look forward to receiving our final two aircraft to complete Dover’s fleet.”

For IOC, initial spare equipment and parts had to be available in the base supply system at Dover as well as spares at some forward supply locations. Support equipment, test, measurement and diagnostic equipment also were required to be in place at Dover, key en-route locations and depot repair facilities.

Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program upgrades make the C-5 much quieter, enhance aircraft reliability and maintainability, and are projected to reduce operating costs while increasing operational capability. The new engines deliver 22 percent more thrust, 30 percent shorter takeoff distance, and a 58 percent faster climb while also reducing fuel consumption. With new engines and other system modernizations, upgraded C-5A, B and C models become C-5Ms.