US government to order 50 C-130s
A Multiyear III award has been finalised between the US government and Lockheed Martin covering the delivery of 50 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The award, worth more than £3 billion overall, comes as a delivery order under an existing IDIQ contract awarded in August 2016. The US Department of Defense awarded more than £1.5 billion in funding for the first 21 C-130J aircraft.
Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin, said: 'The C-130J Multiyear III award represents a joint commitment between Lockheed Martin and the US government in delivering proven capability that meets our operators' mission and affordability requirements.
'Our partnership with the US government provides significant savings through multiyear procurement as compared to annual buys, and provides the best tactical airlifter to crews who fly and support the world's largest Super Hercules fleet.'