The US government has contracted Lockheed Martin to deliver 50 more C-130J Super Hercules heavy-lift tactical transport aircraft.
The aircraft will be delivered under the C-130J multi-year III award, which comes as part of an existing Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract – awarded in August 2016. The US government finalised this latest deal, worth US$3bn, on December 27, 2019.
Lockheed Martin will provide the USAF with a total of 24 HC-130Js Combat King IIs and MC-130J Commando IIs. It will also deliver 20 KC-130Js for the USMC, along with options for six HC-130Js for the US Coast Guard. The aircraft will be delivered to each respective service between 2021 and 2025 – with production taking place at the company’s facility in Marietta, Georgia.
Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility and Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin, said: “The C-130J multi-year III award represents a joint commitment between Lockheed Martin and the US government in delivering proven capability that meets our operators’ mission and affordability requirements.”
“Our partnership with the US government provides significant savings through multiyear procurement as compared to annual buys and provides the best tactical airlifter to crews who fly and support the world’s largest Super Hercules fleet," he added.