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C-130 Super Hercules production line in Marietta, Ga.

Lockheed Awarded $3 Billion for 50 C-130s

Jan. 17, 2020
Four-year contract will provide turboprop military transport aircraft to the USAF, USMC, and USCG

Lockheed Martin is set to build and deliver 50 C-130J Super Hercules to the U.S. Dept. of Defense under terms of a multi-year contract. The award is defined as a delivery order under an existing, "Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity" contract that the Pentagon awarded to Lockheed in 2016.

"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," according to Lockheed's Rod McLean, v.p. and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions.

The C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine, turboprop transport aircraft, that has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history — over 60 years. Various versions of the original design are in military and civilian service by 17 nations.

The new contract will provide aircraft to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard, for military transport and aerial refueling.

The overall award, worth more than $3 billion, will provide 24 HC/MC-130Js Super Hercules aircraft to the U.S. Air Force, 20 KC-130Js to the USMC, and six HC-130Js to the USCG.

The aircraft purchased through the new award will be built at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Georgia, plant for delivery between 2021 and 2025.

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