Australia opts to purchase 20 new C-130J Hercules transport aircraft


 An Air National Guard C-130 Hercules from the Ohio National Guard lands at Mansfield Lahm Airport in Mansfield, Ohio. [STOCK IMAGE] 


JULY 26, 2023


Australia announced it intends to buy 20 new Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft from the United States.


The deal is valued at approximately $6.6 billion ($9.8 billion AUD) with the first delivery scheduled for 2027.


The Royal Australian Air Force has operated the C-130 since 1958. The new C-130s are expected to replace the 12 older aircraft currently in service.


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