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Dubai Airshow 2017: Not SOFt on C-130J

21st November 2017 - 08:10 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Dubai


Lockheed Martin is positioning its C-130J-SOF export variant as the go-to aircraft for special operation forces helicopter and fixed-wing refuelling needs.

Pushing hard on the international market, the tanker is poised for sales opportunities as the Airbus Defence and Space A400M loses further ground as it deals with gear box, crack issues and engine problems.

Furthermore, the A400M programme has struggled to meet objectives on time, with several issues being identified including the inability to launch paratroopers through both rear doors and refuelling helicopters.

However, as of April of this year France had received 11 A400M aircraft; Germany nine; Malaysia

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Helen Haxell


Helen Haxell

Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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