The second C-130J Super Hercules of the Tunisian Air Force (Image © John Rossino / Lockheed Martin)

Asslama to final Tunisian C-130J

Hello – or asslama in Tunisian Arabic – to the second and final Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules to the Tunisian Air Force. The official transfer took place on 11 December 2014 at the manufacturer’s facility in Marietta, Georgia, USA.

Tunisia received its first C-130J in April 2013, marking the first delivery of a J-model to an African nation. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js, as well as to provide training and an initial three years of logistics support. The Julliets join seven older C-130B/H Hercules in service with the Tunisian air weapon.

Tunisia’s new C-130Js are the longer fuselage or “stretched” variant of the aircraft. Tunisia’s new C-130Js will support operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional airlift sorties.

Sixteen countries have chosen the C-130J Super Hercules to meet their air mobility needs. With more than 1.2 million flight hours to date, the C-130J is available in nine variants and offers operators 17 different mission configurations.

Source: Lockheed Martin / Tunisian Air Force

The second C-130J Super Hercules of the Tunisian Air Force (Image © John Rossino / Lockheed Martin)
The second C-130J Super Hercules of the Tunisian Air Force (Image © John Rossino / Lockheed Martin)