Tunisia receives first C-130J Super Hercules
The Republic of Tunisia has become the first African nation to take delivery of a C-130J Super Hercules, with Lockheed Martin delivering the aircraft on 4 April. This is the first of two C-130Js ordered under a contract signed in 2010, with the second aircraft due by 2014.
The Tunisian Air Force will operate the C-130Js – ordered in the stretched-hull variant - in a range of roles, including relief efforts around the world, fire fighting and traditional airlift sorties. The force already operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s.
George Shultz, vice president and general manager of C-130 programs, Lockheed Martin, said: ‘Again we see a nation recapitalising its airlift resources with the proven, unequaled C-130J. Throughout aviation history, no aircraft, either developed or under development, can match the flexibility of the C-130 Hercules.
'Fifteen countries have already selected the C-130J to meet their airlift requirements. Be it recapitalisation of existing fleets or new operators seeking proven airlift performance and capability, the C-130J is the low-risk, affordable solution.’
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