The US State Departement has approved the sale of two Lockheed Martin C-130J transport and two KC-130J tanker aircraft to France, it reported on Tuesday 10 November. The sale also involves Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers, Missile Warning Systems, Radar Warning Receivers plus communication and navigation equipment. Estimated worth: 650 million USD.
The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft will provide critical transport, airdrop, and resupply to French troops in support of current and future operations. The tanker will provide an air refueling capability to France’s fighter aircraft, light transport aircraft, and helicopters, the State Departement says.
The French interest in additional Hercules aircraft came to light earlier this year, following the fatal crash of an Airbus A400M, the new transport aircraft that also sees operation in France. The country also already operates C-130H and CN-235 transporters.
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