Norway has just taken delivery of the last of its four Super Hercules C-130J transport aircraft.
In a deal worth $ 519 million, the Royal Norwegian Air Force signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force in 2007, which also includes, spare parts, technical publications and training.
The new C-130Js Super Hercules replace Norway’s aging fleet of C-130Hs from 1968, and are very important for the nation’s overall airlift capabilities. The first was delivered in 2008.
According to aircraft manufacturers Lockheed Martin, Neil Erno, Norway’s C-130J program manager, believed meeting the delivery deadlines enabled Norway to “fully meet its national airlift mission requirements and those missions in support of international organizations like the U.N. and NATO.”
The Super Hercules is an improvement on the previous C-130 models, with lower operating, support, and maintenance costs, giving the models a significant advantage. U.S. Air Force Materiel Command says in addition to state-of-the-art technology, the J model also climbs faster, has a longer range at higher cruise speeds, and has shorter runway capabilities.
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