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Uruguay puts KC-130H to use

18th January 2021 - 13:00 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

First operational flight to Antarctic base comes after Uruguay procured two ex-Spanish Hercules aircraft.

The Uruguayan Air Force recently passed a milestone in its much-needed renewal of an ageing aircraft fleet, after a new Lockheed Martin KC-130H Hercules transport aircraft carried out its maiden operational flight to support the country’s presence in the Antarctic.

The aircraft (tail number FAU 594) departed Montevideo on 4 January en route to the Artigas scientific research base (pictured) on King George Island, carrying 4,500t of food supplies, equipment and spare parts.

Uruguay acquired two ex-Spanish Air Force KC-130Hs in September 2020 for €22 million ($25.76 million). The aircraft arrived in December 2020 to replace elderly ...

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