USMC gets 50th KC-130J
The US Marine Corps (USMC) has taken delivery of its 50th KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelling aircraft at the Lockheed Martin facility, it was announced on 25 August.
The aircraft has been assigned to USMC Air Station Miramar in California. The USMC currently operates the largest fleet of KC-130Js in the world.
The KC-130J is a variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, designed to deliver fuel to several platforms, including helicopters and the F-35B Lightning II multirole fighter aircraft. It has a maximum range of 4,725 nautical miles, cargo volume of 4,551 cubic feet, maximum payload of 47,903lbs and maximum fuel capacity of 61,364lbs.
George Shultz, vice president and general manager, air mobility and maritime missions at Lockheed Martin, said: 'The USMC is one of the most visible KC-130J operators in the world, providing vital support where it’s needed most. We value our partnership with the marine corps and know that much of the success of the KC-130J platform is due to the multiple missions carried out by marine crews on this aircraft.'
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