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Poland refreshes its Hercules fleet

16th April 2021 - 12:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. (Photo: USAF/ Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Five second-hand C-130Hs will be supplied to Poland by mid-2024.

Five surplus ex-USAF Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft are being provided to Poland under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme, Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz B┼éaszczak confirmed on 14 April. 

The aircraft will be delivered to the 33rd Transport Aviation Base at Powidz. All five C-130Hs should be in place by mid-2024.

The EDA deal (first announced in 2019) is valued at $14.3 million for aircraft modification and retrofit work. Poland obtained a loan under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.

Shephard Defence Insight notes that Poland received five ex-USAF C-130Es between 2009 and 2012, paid for with $120 million FMF aid. These were C-130E models upgraded to the C-130H standard before delivery. 

The Polish C-130s are nearly 50 years old, with an estimated out-of-service date of 2022.

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