Surplus UK C-130Js Find New Homes, Lockheed Martin Announces at ILA 2024
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff Writer with Agencies

Berlin, June 5, 2024 — The UK has successfully sold its retired Lockheed Martin C-130J/C-130J-30 Hercules airlifters, according to an announcement by the manufacturer at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2024.

Larry Gallogly, Director of Customer Requirements for Air Mobility and Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin, confirmed the sale on June 5. “At least 10, and most likely all of them, now have a home,” Gallogly stated. He noted that the majority of the 14 C-130Js, which were retired from Royal Air Force (RAF) service on March 31, 2023, had been sold, although he did not disclose the new customers.

Reports indicate that Greece and Türkiye are among the nations that have shown interest in acquiring these aircraft. The fleet includes one ‘short’ C-130J (designated C5 in UK service) and 13 ‘stretched’ C-130J-30 (C4) airframes.

Lockheed Martin has collaborated closely with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) to facilitate the sale. Gallogly emphasized that the surplus UK C-130Js are not viewed as competitors to new Lockheed Martin aircraft. “We have been working with Marshalls to reposition those aircraft – we have been part and parcel in the arrangement to place those aircraft,” he explained.

This announcement comes weeks after the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) informed Janes in March that it had identified several potential buyers and was in the process of finalizing the sales. The successful placement of these airlifters marks a significant step in managing the UK’s retired military assets and provides new operational capabilities to their new operators.

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