Thu, May 13, 2010
Lockheed Martin Delivers Last Of Four Airlifters
Lockheed Martin completed deliveries of the four C130Js ordered
by the Royal Norwegian Air Force at a ceremony here today with U.S.
and Norwegian officials.
The company received a contract from the U.S. government in
November 2007 for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules
airlifters, plus initial spares and training, through the Foreign
Military Sales (FMS) program. The first airplane was delivered in
November 2008 and its second in April 2009.
"As the first C-130J FMS order, the Norway contract was an
important milestone for sales of the C-130J around the world," said
Julie Whitehead, director, Norway C-130J program for Lockheed
Martin. "Two years ago, Norway joined the ever-growing list of
countries that realize the flexibility of the Super Hercules and
the benefits it brings to a nation's overall airlift capability.
With today's acceptance of two more aircraft, the Royal Norwegian
Air Force is among those countries with the most advanced cargo
fleets in the world."
Norway's C-130Js are much more operationally efficient than the
1968-vintage C-130Hs the nation had been operating. The C-130J can
fly farther, faster, with more payload and higher reliability. The
new fleet enables Norway to fully meet its national airlift mission
requirements and those missions in support of international
organizations like the U.N. and NATO.
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