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Indonesia receives first of new C-130J Super Hercules airlifters

Indonesia's first C-130J Super Hercules
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The Indonesian Air Force has officially taken delivery of its first C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifter in a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility.

The first of five new airframes was handed over on February 21, after performing its first flight in November 2022.

The delivery of the Super Hercules marks a transition to a new-generation platform for Indonesia as a longtime C-130 operator.

The C-130J-30s will offer increased cargo capacity, speed, range, power, performance and lower operating costs over Indonesia’s legacy C-130s. These new C-130J-30s expand the Indonesian Air Force’s ability to partner on missions and training opportunities with allies and regional forces that also operate Super Hercules.

Indonesia has operated C-130s since the 1960s, using its Hercules fleet for critical national and regional missions such as delivering humanitarian aid and disaster relief, as well as providing military and peacekeeping support around the Pacific Rim.

“Indonesian Air Force crews have long trusted the C-130 to support the most challenging of missions facing Indonesia and other nations in the Pacific,” said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions programs at Lockheed Martin. “This new era of Super Hercules operations supports Indonesia in achieving mission success with a highly tailored airlift fleet that ensures IDAF crews can support any task — anywhere, anytime — with more power, strength and capability for decades to come.”

The C-130J Super Hercules is a popular tactical airlift airframe, serving 26 operators in 22 nations. According to Lockheed Martin, more than 520 C-130Js have been delivered.