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Updated: Carney C-130 Proposal Included in Defense Bill

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Editor's note: In a story Dec. 3 about a bill in Congress that would modernize C-130 planes, The Associated Press reported erroneously where Delaware's fleet of C-130 cargo planes is stationed. The planes are flown by the Delaware Air National Guard and stationed at its base in New Castle, not at Dover Air Force Base.

WASHINGTON (AP)- Rep. John Carney of Delaware says his plan to modernize the Delaware Air National Guard's fleet of C-130 cargo planes has been included in a major defense spending bill.

Earlier this year, Carney introduced a less expensive modernization proposal for the cargo planes. They need to be upgraded before 2020 or they'll become inoperable because of federal and international safety regulations.

Carney, a Democrat, has been calling for just the navigation systems of the aircraft to be modernized, at a savings of $12 million per aircraft.

Carney's office said Wednesday that under the language of the defense bill, the Air Force will have the option to use his cheaper plan or to go ahead with more extensive renovations. The House is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday.

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