First C-130J Super Hercules For Norway Completes Production And Painting
The first of four C-130Js for Norway has now completed production and painting at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facility in Marietta, Ga. As the first C-130J order under the U.S. Foreign Military Sale program, the Norway contract marks yet another important milestone in the history of the world’s most versatile airlifter. The Norwegian Super Hercules are the longer fuselage, or “stretched” variant of the C-130J, similar to those being delivered to the U.S. Air Force. Deliveries to Norway will include one aircraft in 2008, one in 2009 and two in 2010. As a result of Norway’s urgent need to replace its nearly 40-year-old C-130s, the Norwegian government arranged with the U.S. government for early delivery. The C‑130Js that Norway will receive are capable of generating much greater operational efficiencies than the 1960s era C-130Hs that Norway has been operating. The C-130J can fly farther, faster, with more payload and higher reliability. The new aircraft will enable Norway to fully meet its national airlift mission requirements as well as those in support of international organizations such as the U.N. and NATO.
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