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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 Błaszczak 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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