The French Air Force officially inducted into service the first of four Lockheed Martin C/KC-130J Hercules transport aircraft to the Armée de l’Air’s 62stTransport Wing on 15 January.
Francewill receive a total of four Super Hercules aircraft — two C-130J-30 combat delivery airlifters and two KC-130J aerial refuelers — through a Foreign Military Sale with the U.S. government, with deliveries taking place through 2019. The first of these aircraft (a C-130J-30 airlifter) was formally delivered toFranceinDecember 2017at the Lockheed Martin facility inMarietta, Georgia, inthe United States.
Francefirst acquired C-130Hs in 1987 and its new C-130Js will be operated with its existing Hercules fleet.
“As a long-time Hercules operator,Francehas continuously demonstrated to the world the unmatched qualities and versatility found only in a C-130,” saidGeorge Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “France’snew Super Hercules fleet delivers increased power, speed and capabilities to ensure that Armée de l’Air crews continue to meet — and exceed — mission requirements for decades to come.”
Franceis the 17th country to choose the C-130J for its airlift needs. The C-130J Super Hercules is the most advanced tactical airlifter in operation today, offering superior performance and enhanced capabilities with the range and versatility for every theater of operations and evolving requirements.