The German government on Tuesday said it planned to buy four to six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules for troop transport due to repeated delays in deliveries of Airbus A-400M.

German Defense Minister signed a declaration of intent in Paris to purchase the Lockheed Martin military transport plane with the same configuration operated by France.
The French government earlier this year signed a deal to buy the same aircraft.
The C-130J purchase should give the German air force certainty that it will have the ability to provide airlift in crisis situations, the spokesman said. The German air force's fleet of Transall cargo planes is aging and in need of replacement.
The A-400M currently offers only limited deployment capabilities, and has suffered from delivery delays. The Luftwaffe has also experienced engine problems and was scheduled to have received nine Atlas by the end of this year, from a total of 53 ordered.
The C-130J will be ready for service with the German Air Force from 2021.

Text: Matteo Sanzani
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