SHAH ALAM: Indonesia on February 1 took delivery of the first of five Lockheed Martin C130-30Js Super Hercules airlifter ordered a few years back. Lockheed Martin announced the delivery of the aircraft in a release. TNI-AU chief Air Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo took delivery of the Super Hercules tail-number A-1339.
From Lockheed Martin:
The air force’s new C-130J-30s offer increased cargo capacity, speed, range, power, performance and lower operating costs over its legacy C-130s to support the TNI-AU’s wide range of mission requirements for decades to come. These new C-130J-30s expand the TNI-AU’s ability to partner on missions and training opportunities with allies and regional forces that also operate Super Hercules.
“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.”
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.
The C-130J Super Hercules is the worldwide choice in tactical airlift, serving 26 operators in 22 nations. To date, more than 520 C-130Js have been delivered and the Super Hercules remains unmatched in its ability to support 18 different mission requirements.
TNI-AU said the aircraft is expected to perform the ferry flight to Indonesia on February 28 and expected to arrive at the Halim Perdanakusuma airbase, Jakarta on March 6. The aircraft will operate with Skuadron 31 operating from the airbase.