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International interest spreads in C-130J-SOF variant

15th August 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by Jim Dorschner in Washington DC

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Lockheed Martin’s proposed C-130J-SOF export variant will be tailored to different international operators’ requirements as interest in the type grows worldwide.

According to Lockheed Martin, the C-130J-SOF will be the tenth J-model Super Hercules variant to enter production, including the MC-130J Commando II, which can trace its ancestry to the original MC-130E Combat Talon introduced more than 50 years ago.

The proven MC-130J Commando II, which entered service in 2011 and remains in production, provides a developmental baseline for the C-130J-SOF.  

Tony Frese, VP of business development, air mobility and maritime missions at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, told

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Jim Dorschner is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years service roughly split …

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