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16 March 2016

Saudi Arabia Receives Two KC-130J Super HERCULES

Lockheed Martin recently delivered two KC-130J Super HERCULES aerial refuelers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to be operated by Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) crews.

Saudi Arabia recently received two KC-130J Super HERCULES aerial refuelers. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the 16th country to operate the C-130J Super HERCULES to meet its refueling and airlift needs. Saudi Arabia has the distinction of having the largest legacy HERCULES fleet outside of the USA. These new KC-130Js were acquired by the Kingdom through a Foreign Military Sales programme with the US government.

Our decades-long C-130 partnership with Saudi Arabia continues with the addition of the KC‑130J to the RSAF airlift fleet,” Christopher Antone, Lockheed Martin vice president of Business Development for Saudi Arabia, explained. “We are honored by the Kingdom’s decision to enhance its existing fleet with the proven capabilities and superior performance of the KC-130J Super HERCULES. With more than 50 years of C-130 operations in the Kingdom, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Saudi Arabia in the years to come.”

The KC-130J aerial refueler is the latest in a long line of combat-proven C-130 HERCULES tankers, and is a proven platform in use worldwide, taking full advantage of technological and performance enhancements inherent in the C-130J Super HERCULES. The KC-130J refuels tactical aircraft, helicopters and tilt-rotors. In addition, it is also capable of conducting rapid ground refueling of expeditionary forces. The Super HERCULES worldwide fleet has more than 1.3 million flight hours to its credit and is flown by 19 different operators.