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09:23 AM, January 16, 2018
French Air Force Receives First US-built C-130J Super Hercules Airlifter
French Air Force Receives First US-built C-130J Super Hercules Airlifter (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin delivered first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to France during a ceremony to the Armée de l'Air's 62st Transport Wing, in presence of Florence Parly, France's minister of the Armed Forces, at Orléans-Bricy Air Base Monday.

France will 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 to France in December 2017 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, in the United States.

France first acquired C-130Hs in 1987 and its new C-130Js will be operated with its existing Hercules fleet.

"As a long-time Hercules operator, France has continuously demonstrated to the world the unmatched qualities and versatility found only in a C-130," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. "France's new 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."

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.

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