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Netherlands accelerates Hercules retirement

20th October 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

RNLAF was aiming to modernise its four-aircraft C-130H fleet but it will now seek a replacement

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) intends to take its fleet of four Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules turboprop transport aircraft out of service earlier than scheduled.

This marks quite a U-turn, as the RNLAF was planning to modernise its Hercules aircraft, the oldest of which dates from 1978.

Shephard Defence Insight notes a retirement date of 2034 for the RNLAF C-130s, but it now appears that the MoD will instead seek a replacement before then.

These aircraft received a cockpit and cabin safety improvement upgrade from Marshall as recently as 2014, but the Netherlands MoD announced on 13 October that their readiness rates have become so poor as to hinder simultaneous operations.

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