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50 C-130J Super Hercules will be delivered to the U.S. government by Lockheed Martin, through a C-130J Multiyear III award. The aircraft is the global standard in tactical airlift, providing a unique mix of versatility and performance to complete any mission, capable of flying in every environment. The Super Hercules worldwide fleet has more than 2 million flight hours and is the airlifter of choice for 20 nations, including the Israeli Air Force, where the aircraft is dubbed Samson.
The C-130J can transport high-level personnel. It can airdrop loads of up to 42,000 lbs (19,051 kg) or use its high-flotation landing gear to land and deliver cargo on rough, dirt strips. The aircraft has space for up to 97 litters with medical attendants, and it can become an airborne emergency room. It can carry out cargo delivery, firefighting missions, provide humanitarian relief, and more.
The award, which was finalized by the U.S. government in Dec. 2019, comes as a delivery order under an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract awarded in August 2016.
The overall award, worth more than $3 billion, provides Super Hercules aircraft to the U.S. Air Force (24 HC/MC-130Js), Marine Corps (20 KC-130Js) and Coast Guard (options for six HC-130Js). Aircraft purchased through the C-130J Multiyear III award will deliver between 2021-2025, according to the company’s announcement.
“The C-130J Multiyear III award represents a joint commitment between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. government in delivering proven capability that meets our operators’ mission and affordability requirements,” said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “Our partnership with the U.S. government provides significant savings through multiyear procurement as compared to annual buys, and provides the best tactical airlifter to crews.”