DefenceC-130J deliveries pass 500 aircraft: we analyse type’s global fleet mixBy Craig Hoyle |30 March 2022After Lockheed Martin recently delivered its 500th C-130J tactical transport, we look at the global fleet mix for its Super Hercules product.Powered by four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines and equipped with glass cockpit avionics including head-up displays for its two-pilot flightcrew, the J-model Hercules entered service in September 1998, with lead user the UK Royal Air Force. Lockheed in mid-March announced that the programme’s milestone 500th aircraft – a stretched-fuselage -30-model example, numbered 5934 – had been delivered to the 130th Airlift Wing at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia.“This delivery represents the US government’s continued transition to the C-130J as the common platform across the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard,” the manufacturer says.“The airlift choice of 26 operators in 22 nations, the global C-130[J] fleet has surpassed more than 2 million flight hours,” says Lockheed, which had shipped its 400th example in February 2018. Lockheed says it has so far delivered the aircraft in 17 different mission configurations. Duties undertaken by the type include transport, in-flight refuelling, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance and firefighting, among others.Cirium fleets data indicates that the current active Super Hercules inventory totals 481 aircraft. Of these, 477 are military-standard examples operated by Australia (12), Bahrain (2), Bangladesh (4), Canada (17), Denmark (4), France (4), India (12), Iraq (6), Israel (7), Italy (19), Kuwait (3), Norway (4), Oman (3), Qatar (4), Saudi Arabia (2), South Korea (4), Tunisia (2), the UK (15) and the USA (353). This means that 26% of all C-130Js in current use are employed by international customers, with the remainder operated by the US Air Force (273; 57%), US Marine Corps/Navy (65; 14%) and US Coast Guard (15; 3%). The additional four units are commercial-model LM-100Js: three flown by Pallas Aviation and the other operated by the Algerian air force.Cirium data records seven aircraft as being stored or awaiting introduction, including Germany’s lead example and an ex-RAF transport being prepared for transfer to Bangladesh. A dozen J-model Hercules have been written off in accidents, with these owned by India (1), Italy (2), Norway (1), the UK (2) and the USA (6). Lockheed continues to produce C-130Js at its Marietta site in Georgia, at an annual rate of up to 24 aircraft. Germany is currently working to introduce its first example from an order for three -30 transports and the same number of KC-130J tankers, while future operator Indonesia also recently ordered five of the airlifters.https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/c-130j-deliveries-pass-500-aircraft-we-analyse-types-global-fleet-mix/148084.article
SAINT PAUL, Minn.: The 133rd Airlift Wing received their first C-130 Hercules with an updated eight-bladed propeller on May 11, 2022.The 133rd Airlift Wing currently flies eight C-130H3 Hercules model aircraft out of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Last year the Wing launched a three-phase modernization process by introducing the electronic propeller control system (EPCS).The Wing is currently in the second phase of the modernization process, which includes transitioning the C-130s from four-bladed propellers to eight-bladed propellers. The eight-bladed propellers will deliver more power and efficiency while reducing maintenance. Due to increased thrust for takeoff and climb-out, they are also helpful in cold weather and arctic operations. The completion of this phase is projected to end in September 2023.The third phase will introduce a T56 3.5 turbo engine and will kick off in the fall of 2023."Modernization is one of the Minnesota National Guard's organizational priorities. This aircraft upgrade reinforces our ability to protect our state and nation," said U.S. Air Force Col. James Cleet, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander."Modernization ensures we have the right forces, infrastructure, training spaces, and systems for our current and future missions," said Cleet. "As our challenges and adversaries change, we require forces, equipment, and training to ensure our national security."
Boa tarde,Novidades fresquinhas; volta a haver pressão europeia para que os A-400 Surplus que por aí andam encontrem dono.E face a certos bloqueios que passam por terras longínquas, poderão haver surpresas sobre isso.Aguardemos.Cps
Citação de: Subsea7 em Maio 18, 2022, 08:16:17 pmBoa tarde,Novidades fresquinhas; volta a haver pressão europeia para que os A-400 Surplus que por aí andam encontrem dono.E face a certos bloqueios que passam por terras longínquas, poderão haver surpresas sobre isso.Aguardemos.CpsAlguém tem ideia das quantidades de "surplus" que existem realmente?
Não vira nenhum A400M para terras lusas por muito que viesse a colmatar a falta de um cargueiro com outras capacidades que o kc390 não tem falo claro de uma maior capacidade de transporte ...para um futuro quem sabe mas vejo isto muito mau...
Citação de: MATRA em Maio 19, 2022, 10:03:12 amCitação de: Subsea7 em Maio 18, 2022, 08:16:17 pmBoa tarde,Novidades fresquinhas; volta a haver pressão europeia para que os A-400 Surplus que por aí andam encontrem dono.E face a certos bloqueios que passam por terras longínquas, poderão haver surpresas sobre isso.Aguardemos.CpsAlguém tem ideia das quantidades de "surplus" que existem realmente? Por alto, e contabilizando apenas o "excesso de encomendas" dos operadores Alemanha e Espanha, estaremos a falar de algo em torno das 20 células.Citação de: luis simoes em Maio 19, 2022, 07:58:45 amNão vira nenhum A400M para terras lusas por muito que viesse a colmatar a falta de um cargueiro com outras capacidades que o kc390 não tem falo claro de uma maior capacidade de transporte ...para um futuro quem sabe mas vejo isto muito mau...Oh brother...
... acho é pouco provável que a largada de pára-quedistas seja feita a partir de um C-130M.