Tunisia's First C-130J Sees Daylight

28.01.2013 Tunisia
Tunisia

Tunisia's First C-130J Sees Daylight

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Lockheed Martin has completed painting the first of two Tunisian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules.

Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s.

The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional airlift sorties.

The first aircraft is due for delivery later this year.

The Lockheed Martin C-130J "Super" Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems.

The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations.

The Hercules has outlived several planned successor designs, most notably the Advanced Medium STOL Transport contestants. Fifteen nations have placed orders for a total of 300 C-130Js, of which 250 aircraft have been delivered as of February 2012.
 
 



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