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Lockheed lands a $287mn USAF contract for additional C-130J airlifters

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Lockheed lands a $287mn USAF contract for additional C-130J airlifters
 
The US-based contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $287,192,281.00 US Air Force contract for an additional five C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft, the US Department of Defense announced on August 26, 2016.
     
Lockheed lands a 287mn USAF contract for additional C 130J airlifters 640 001MC-130J Command IIs assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron fly in formation Feb. 17, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan
(USAF/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
     
"Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by Apr. 30, 2020. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity," the US DoD said through its website.

The C-130J entered the inventory in February 1999. With the noticeable difference of a six-bladed composite propeller coupled to a Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engine, the C-130J brings substantial performance improvements over all previous models.


C-130J/J-30 major system improvements include advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics, color multifunctional liquid crystal and head-up displays and state-of-the-art navigation that includes a dual inertial navigation system and GPS. The aircraft also features fully integrated defensive systems, low-power color radar, digital moving map display, new turboprop engines with six-bladed all-composite propellers and a digital auto pilot. The C-130J/J-30 also includes improved fuel, environmental and ice-protection and an enhanced cargo-handling system, the US Air Force explains on its website.

About 130 C-130Js in several different variants have been delivered to the US Air Force up to now.

 

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