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Norway gets Hercules replacement. US military officials are helping Norway restore its Hercules fleet to full capacity following the tragic Kebnekaise accident by allowing early purchase and takeover of an aircraft. The promised C-130J will replace the Norwegian Air Force’s ‘Siv’, which crashed into the Swedish mountain in March, killing all five crew aboard under 'Operation Cold Response'. It was not conducting evasive movements at the time, according to a military spokesperson. Wreckage was strewn over a wide area on top of Robots Glacier on the western side of Kebnekaise. Swedish police called off the search for survivors after human remains were located. The deceased were flown home last month and funerals held.

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Norway gets Hercules replacement

Published on Tuesday, 12th June, 2012 at 14:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

US military officials are helping Norway restore its Hercules fleet to full capacity following the tragic Kebnekaise accident by allowing early purchase and takeover of an aircraft.

Hercules C-130J
Hercules C-130J
Photo: Norwegian Military


The promised C-130J will replace the Norwegian Air Force’s ‘Siv’, which crashed into the Swedish mountain in March, killing all five crew aboard under 'Operation Cold Response'. It was not conducting evasive movements at the time, according to a military spokesperson.

Wreckage was strewn over a wide area on top of Robots Glacier on the western side of Kebnekaise. Swedish police called off the search for survivors after human remains were located. The deceased were flown home last month and funerals held.

Order, purchase, construction, and delivery normally take approximately two and a half years. Nonetheless, the Americans’ move, which in effect pushes back when they receive one of theirs, now means the plane could be in place in Norway in September.

Norway Air Force Inspector General Finn Kristian Hannestad says they are “grateful” to their American colleagues.

At the same time, the military had aimed to station a Hercules in Afghanistan as part of Norway’s commitment there.

“The Americans certainly see that helping us also means they are also helping themselves,” he told NRK. “Getting a replacement aircraft now means we will have the ability to have a Hercules in Afghanistan over a longer period than we could have had before.”




Published on Tuesday, 12th June, 2012 at 14:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianherculesc-130j, operationcoldresponsetragedy.





  
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