Sat, Nov 15, 2008
First Order For Type Under Foreign Military Sales Program
Lockheed Martin delivered the first of four C-130Js to the
Royal Norwegian Air Force at a ceremony this week with US and
Norwegian officials at the company's Marietta, GA facility.
"As the first C-130J order under the US Foreign Military Sales
program, the Norway contract marks an important milestone for sales
of the C-130J internationally," said Ross Reynolds, vice president
of C-130 programs for Lockheed Martin. "Norway joins the growing
list of countries that are realizing the flexibility of the Super
Hercules and the benefits it brings to a nation's overall airlift
capability. With the arrival of its new C-130J aircraft, the Royal
Norwegian Air Force will have one of the most advanced cargo fleets
in the world."
Other nations that are operating or have ordered the C-130J
include Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Italy, Qatar, the United
Kingdom and the United States. A second ceremony will occur in
Norway when the aircraft flies there at the end of the month.
The Norwegian Super Hercules are the longer fuselage, or
"stretched," variant of the C-130J similar to those being delivered
to the US Air Force. Future C-130J deliveries to Norway will
include one in 2009 and two in 2010.
"C-130Js provide greater availability, flexibility and
reliability than other airlifters," said Reynolds. "Currently they
are deployed in two combat theaters and are operating at a very
high tempo, efficiently and reliably." In non-combat environments,
the C-130Js are used in humanitarian relief efforts such as those
following Hurricane Katrina, Thailand's tsunami and Myanmar's
The worldwide fleet of C-130Js has flown nearly half a million
flight hours, with some C-130J fleet operators flying as much as
1,000 hours per month.
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