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Greece seeks stop-gap C-130Hs to bolster waning airlift capabilities

The US Department of Defense and the US State Department have recently given advance notice of a proposed transfer of two legacy C-130H Hercules tactical transports to Greece as part of the Excess Defense Articles programme, which will be used as a stop-gap to boost the Hellenic Air Force’s airlift capabilities until the air arm’s new C-130J Super Hercules fleet can enter operational service

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South Africa eyes C-390 to replace ageing C-130BZ fleet?

At the request of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Embraer Defense & Security will deploy a multi-mission C-390 Millennium to AFB Waterkloof in Pretoria on November 24, where the medium-lift strategic airlifter will demonstrate its capabilities to the air arm, which has long been searching for a successor to its ageing C-130BZ Hercules fleet

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How does Iran use airliners to secretly fly weapons into Syria?

Babak Taghvaee reveals how Iran, aided by the Syrian Arab Air Force, has used airliners to fly weapons into Syria to help arm terrorist groups fighting Israel

Russia welcomes another modernised Il-76MD-90A airlifter

The United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rostec State Corporation – has delivered another deeply modernised Il-76MD-90A Candid heavy-lift strategic transport to the Russian Ministry of Defence

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All eyes on Ramstein as NATO nations gathered for fifth Ukraine summit

As defence ministers and military officials flew in for a NATO meeting on Ukraine, Babak Taghvaee was at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to witness the comings and goings

US Navy ‘Providers’ fly final official C-2A Greyhound flight

The US Navy’s Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) ‘Providers’ conducted its final official C-2A Greyhound flight at NAS North Island in California on September 20

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UK MOD slammed for creating capability gap after axing RAF C-130J fleet

The decision to retire the RAF’s fleet of C-130J Hercules C4/C5 tactical transports earlier than originally planned has left a capability gap in air mobility tasks and special forces operations, a report by an influential group of British MPs has found

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UK airpower in crisis amid growing threat of war, MPs say

The state of UK airpower and its inability to counter the growing threat of war has been laid bare in a damning report by an influential group of British MPs

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst bids fond farewell to KC-10A fleet

The departure of McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender (serial 84-0188) from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on June 22 marked not only the end of KC-10 operations for the USAF’s 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings, but also the type’s 33-year mission at the New Jersey base

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RAF Airlift Debate: Can the A400M Atlas effectively replace the C-130J Hercules?

The early retirement of the Royal Air Force’s C-130J Hercules generated furious debate, with many raising concerns that the A400M Atlas was ‘not up to the job’ of replacing it. Jon Lake looks at the issues