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Lockheed Martin rolls out first C-130J Super Hercules for German Air Force


According to Defence Blog, Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first C-130J Super Hercules ordered by Germany for its Luftwaffe (German Air Force). This C-130J, with five other ones also purchased by Germany, will become part of a joint Franco-German squadron based at Evreux, France.

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Lockheed Martin rolls out first C 130J Super Hercules for German Air Force Roll-our of the first C-130J Super Hercules for the Luftwaffe (Picture source: Team Luftwaffe)


According to the formal notification on May 4 by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the sale to Germany will be worth $1.4 billion. It comprises three long-fuselage C-130J-30s and three KC-130J refuelers.

Currently, the German pilots are being trained on the C-130J at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas and at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Defence Blog reports.

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, 6-blade propellers, glass cockpit, flight deck, and other systems. The C-130J is the only model still in production. As of February 2018, 400 C-130J aircraft had been delivered to 17 nations. By July 2021, 450 had been delivered with 26 operators in 22 countries.