Lockheed wins $10 billion U.S. defense contract to support the C-130J program

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Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $10 billion contract to support the C-130J aircraft production program, the Pentagon said on Friday. That was reported by by Eric Beech at reuters.com.

This is a cumulative ceiling to cover all future delivery orders within scope of this contract.

Contractor will support the C-130J production program. Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 18, 2026, the US department of defense said in a statement Friday.

The C-130J Super Hercules is the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission flexibility in mind, the C-130J has a unique mix of agility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere.

The C-130J airframe has proven it’s reliable, efficient and highly operational in harsh environments and combat theaters like Iraq and Afghanistan. This rugged aircraft is often the first aircraft “in,” touching down on austere landing zones before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters. Among its missions, the     C-130J also counts capabilities as diverse as special ops, aerial refueling, close air support, search and rescue and personal recovery.

The focus on flexibility and multi-role, multi-mission capabilities can be traced back to the original C-130A, which was designed in response to a need for U.S. forces to tactically resupply troops on the front lines.