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UAE to get similar C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft as the US

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WASHINGTON (BNS): The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft to be delivered to the United Arab Emirates will be the longer C-130J-30 configuration and of similar specification to those being delivered to the US Air Force. The UAE has selected the 12 C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft to modernise the country's tactical airlift fleet.

Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president for C-130J Business Development said in Marietta that the C-130J is rapidly becoming the tactical air lifter of choice around the world. “The C-130J is a highly reliable, versatile and proven air lifter that will greatly increase the UAE's airlift capability. This selection by the UAE makes it the tenth country that has selected the C 130J and we are excited about the future and the discussions we are having with many other countries,” Grant said.

Presently, the UAE is operating a fleet of C-130Hs that will be retained until the new aircraft enter service. The official said that the contract to be signed with the UAE will also contain an option for four KC-130J tankers. The contract will also cover spares and training, including a Weapon Systems Trainer for aircrew training, he said.

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