French Air Force receives the second C-130J Super Hercules transport plane from Lockheed, the fantastic Herculean flying over the Atlantic Ocean on the ground to the Orleans air base, the Army Department said.
“The second C-130J Super Hercules and his crew Thursday, June 7, arrived at the Orleans air base from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta in the United States,” the ministry said in his letter of information on June 7. The delivery was framed within the Lockheed calendar.
The first logistical operational capacity of the aircraft was allowed at the end of May, according to the estimated time, the ministry said. It’s a bit later than the three-month trials that the Air Force anticipated for the first C-130J.
The service can now fly the first two C-130J transport plane to transport merchandise and passengers to foreign cinemas. The first C-130J flew on May 21 to support the French air base in Jordan.
The first C-130J was received on December 22 and was officially received in January by the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly at a high profile ceremony.
An additional two C-130J aircraft will be paid for delivery next year, which gives French troops a highly coveted lugnavolging helicopter capability.
As part of the search for European defense, France and Germany will base their C-130J fleet at Evreux Air Base in northern France in 2021 and train their training of pilots, welders and technicians. Training simulators will be installed.
French Air Force will maintain its order of 50 million meters predicted, Parly told reporters after being on board the C-130J. Thirteen are as far from the 15 as expected in 2019.
France expects to receive the third and fourth aircraft in the KC-130J version in 2019, which is capable of replenishing the helicopter. The first two units are the long version C-130J-30. Transport squad 2/61, located here, will fly Super Hercules fleet, equipped with a glass cabin, headboards and powerful engines.
Last year, the service trained eight drivers and four freight trainers (actually four teams) in 10 months. About 30 non-volunteers have been trained, and there are training courses to add a third member of the cabin crew for intense “tactical missions”.