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Lockheed delivers 400th C-130J Super Hercules

15th February 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules programme has reached a major milestone with the delivery of its 400th aircraft, the company announced on 12 February.

The aircraft has been delivered to the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It will be converted into an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship and will be assigned to the USAF’s 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The AC-130J is a highly modified C-130J that provides close-air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance capabilities.

George Shultz, vice president and general manager, air mobility and maritime missions at Lockheed Martin, said: ‘These first 400 C-130Js meet a global demand for the proven performance and unmatched versatility found only in a Super Hercules. Its durability, relevancy and capability will continue to set the C-130J apart as the world's choice in tactical airlift for decades to come.’

To date, the global fleet of C-130Js has surpassed more than 1.7 million flight hours.

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