France takes supply of second and remaining KC-130J tanker

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France has taken supply of the second of two Lockheed Martin KC-130J aerial refueler plane, in keeping with an organization information launch.

Lockheed Martin delivered the second of two KC-130J Tremendous Hercules aerial refuelers to representatives from France’s Armée de l’Air on Feb. 4, on the firm’s Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Georgia.

France has obtained a complete of 4 Tremendous Hercules plane — two C-130J-30 fight supply airlifters and two KC-130J aerial refuelers — by a Overseas Navy Sale with the U.S. authorities. The 2 C-130J-30 airlifters have been delivered in 2017 and 2018, and first KC-130J delivered in September 2019. All of those Tremendous Hercules are operated along with France’s present C-130H fleet.

“France’s C-130 crews have lengthy demonstrated the unequalled and confirmed efficiency of the Hercules plane in help of essential missions,” mentioned Rod McLean, vp and normal supervisor, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “This extra KC-130J expands the Armée de l‘Air’s already strong airlift and refueling assets to not solely function a nationwide asset, however a world useful resource as nicely.”

France is the 17th nation to decide on the C-130J for its airlift and refueling wants. The C-130J Tremendous Hercules is probably the most superior tactical airlifter in operation at this time, providing superior efficiency and enhanced capabilities with the vary and flexibility for each theater of operations and evolving necessities.

Because the preeminent tactical aerial refueling tanker, the KC-130J is a battle-tested resolution that takes full benefit of the super technological and efficiency enhancements inherent within the C-130J Tremendous Hercules plane. A real drive multiplier, the KC-130J refuels each mounted wing and rotary wing plane in addition to conducts fast floor refueling.

With this supply, France joins a world group of KC-130J operators. In 2018, Germany introduced the acquisition of a C-130J-30/KC-130J fleet, to be operated in partnership with France — making this the primary operator relationship of this sort in C-130J historical past.

The C-130J Tremendous Hercules is the worldwide commonplace in tactical airlift, offering a novel mixture of versatility and efficiency to finish any mission — anytime, wherever. The Tremendous Hercules worldwide fleet has greater than 2 million flight hours and is the airlifter of alternative for 20 nations.

Photograph by Emma Le Rouzic
Photograph by Emma Le Rouzic
Photograph by Emma Le Rouzic