This HC-130J was delivered to the U.S. Air Force’s 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, in April 2015. (Image © David Key / Lockheed Martin)

More US Hercs on the way

UPDATED 3 January | Lockheed Martin is to build 32 more C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft for various US defense agencies. The order is worth over 1 billion USD and compromises 13 C-130J-30s, five Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) equipped HC-130Js, 11 combat support MC-130Js and two KC-130J tankers.

UPDATE | Lockheed Martin reports it is contracted to build another 16 C-130J-30, eight HC-130J, 19 MC-130J and four KC-130Js, bringing up the total of aircraft on order to 78. The contract is worth 5 billion USD. The US Coast Guard also options five HC-130J aircraft.

Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by April 2020. The US already has well over 200 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in service.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured iamge: This HC-130J was delivered to the US Air Force’s 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, in April 2015. (Image © David Key / Lockheed Martin)