The 300th Lockheed Martin C-130J on its way to the client, being U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. (Image © Lockheed Martin / John Rossino)

C-130J Hercules deliveries hit 300 mark

The 300th Lockheed Martin C-130J on its way to the client, being U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. (Image © Lockheed Martin / John Rossino)
The 300th Lockheed Martin C-130J – actually a MC-130J Commando II – on its way to its customer, being the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. (Image © Lockheed Martin / John Rossino)

Lockheed Martin delivered its 300th C-130J Hercules on Wednesday 18 December, according to a press statement. The aircraft is an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery and resupply of special operations forces.

The manufacturer calls the delivery ‘a major achievement’ and names the C-130J an aircraft that it is ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime. “Partnerships and commitment are at the core of this Hercules, as was the case with the 299 C-130Js that came before it and with the many others that will follow”, said George Shultz, vice president and general manager of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s C-130 programs.

Sixteen countries have chosen the C-130J Hercules to meet their air mobility needs. The “J” is the standard by which all other airlift is measured in terms of availability, flexibility and reliability. And yes, that’s more marketing talk, but it is an achievement nonetheless.

Source: Lockheed Martin

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