The US Department of Defense has awarded a $10.02bn indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract to Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.

Under the contract, which also involves foreign military sales, Lockheed Martin will support the C-130J production programme.

Awarded as the result of a sole-source acquisition, the contract amount is a not-to-exceed cumulative ceiling that will cover all future delivery orders within the scope of this deal.

"Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s facility in Marietta, Georgia, US, and is expected to be complete by 18 August 2026."

Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s facility in Marietta, Georgia, US, and is expected to be complete by 18 August 2026.

At the time of award, $14.23m in fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2016 aircraft procurement funds are being obligated on the first delivery order.

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will serve as the contracting activity.

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Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the C-130J is an enhanced version of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules and is equipped with a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller.

Designed to accommodate a payload of up to 20t and more than 90 passengers, the aircraft can conduct airborne assault, search-and-rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance and aerial refuelling, and maritime patrol and aerial fire fighting missions.

The tactical transport aircraft is currently in production for the USAF, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Italian Air Force, and is also ordered by the Kuwaiti Air Force and the Danish Air Force.