Jun 24, 2024

Lockheed Martin Delivers 2,700th C-130 Hercules Aircraft

Lockheed Martin celebrated a significant milestone with the delivery of the 2,700th C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft. This latest addition, a KC-130J Super Hercules, will be operated by the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) at the Cherry Point Naval Air Station in North Carolina.

Known for its proven performance and unmatched versatility, the C-130 Hercules is flown by operators in 70 countries around the world, performing a wide range of missions. The current production model, the C-130J, includes the KC-130J variant designed for aerial refueling. The Super Hercules series is certified to support 18 different mission requirements.

Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Air Mobility & Maritime Missions business line, stated, “The Lockheed Martin team is honored to deliver this milestone Super Hercules to the Marines, where it will join the largest KC-130J fleet in the world and provide true force multiplication across the globe. This Hercules not only represents the 2,700th C-130 delivered but also reflects the inherent mission adaptability and performance that fuel the C-130’s continued relevance.”

The KC-130J‘s tactical design allows it to fly at low speeds and altitudes, ideal for refueling helicopters as well as fighters like the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet and the Lockheed Martin F-35B/C Lightning II.

Today, the global C-130J fleet includes 26 operators in 22 countries, with over 20 airworthiness certifications. The fleet of more than 540 Super Hercules aircraft has logged nearly 3 million flight hours globally.

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