Lockheed Martin has transported the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft to be assigned to the US Air Force (USAF) installation at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
The four-engine turboprop aircraft is the first of 14 C-130J-30 aircraft to be transported by the company to Japan to be permanently assigned to the Pacific region.
To be flown by the 36th Airlift Squadron crews at Yokota, Japan, the new C-130J-30 aircraft will help recapitalise the squadron’s existing C-130 Hercules fleet.
The fleet of C-130J aircraft will be used to boost critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Western Pacific region, in addition to carrying out troop transport, airdrop, cargo delivery and aeromedical missions.
Named as Eagle Airlifters, the 36th Airlift Squadron is one of the several flying squadrons operating under the 374th Airlift Wing.
Lockheed Martin Air Mobility and Maritime Missions vice-president and general manager George Shultz said: “It is an honour for Lockheed Martin to deliver this milestone C-130J to the airmen who fly, support and maintain the 374th Airlift Wing’s Hercules fleet.
“The 374th has a long, distinguished history with the C-130 and its C-130J fleet will continue, and expand, the wing’s unmatched and vital airlift capabilities.”
The C-130J Super Hercules is a production variant of the current combat delivery C-130, equipped with superior performance and new capabilities.
Image: A C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft. Photo: courtesy of David Key / Lockheed Martin.