The five Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft that were severely damaged during a hail storm at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan in April 2013 have returned to active duty.
British minister for Defence Equipment, Support, and Technology – Philip Dunne – confirmed this when answering parliamentary questions on 16 January 2014. The price tag for the repair has been a whooping 12 million euro. The aircraft returned to duty make up a fifth of the British Hercules C.4/C.5 fleet.
Apart from the Hercs a BAe 125, a BAe 146, Westland Sea King helicopters and Westland Lynx helicopters of the British armed forces were damaged as well. Moreover, the hail severly damaged eight Afghan Air Force Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and up to tens of US military helicopters. The status of those machines has not been disclosed by anybody.
Source: UK Government with additional reporting by AIRheads’ Marcel Burger