Lockheed Martin has said it will deliver 50 C-130J Super Hercules to the U.S. government through a C-130J Multiyear III award, finalized in December 2019. The award comes as a delivery order under an existing 2016 IDIQ.
The Defense Department awarded more than $1.5 billion in funding for the first 21 C-130J aircraft on the multiyear award, the company reported. The overall award, worth more than $3 billion, provides Super Hercules aircraft to the U.S. Air Force (24 HC/MC-130Js), Marine Corps (20 KC-130Js) and Coast Guard (options for six HC-130Js). Aircraft purchased through the C-130J Multiyear III award will deliver between 2021-2025, and will be built at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Georgia, facility.
“The C-130J Multiyear III award represents a joint commitment between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. government in delivering proven capability that meets our operators’ mission and affordability requirements,” said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin.
“Our partnership with the U.S. government provides significant savings through multiyear procurement as compared to annual buys, and provides the best tactical airlifter to crews who fly and support the world’s largest Super Hercules fleet,” McLean added.
A tactical airlift designed to provide versatility and performance to complete any mission, the Super Hercules worldwide fleet has more than 2 million flight hours and is used by 20 nations.