The Luftwaffe plans to use the six aircraft as part of a joint French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France.

U.S. sale C-130J Super Hercules Germany
U.S. approves sale of six C-130J Super Hercules to Germany.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of 3 C-130J-30 aircraft and 3 KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.40 billion, May 4, 2018.

The Government of Germany has requested to buy 3 C-130J-30 aircraft with 4 each Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines (installed); 3 KC-130J aircraft with 4 each Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines (installed); 4 Rolls Royce AE 2100D turboprop engines (spares); and 8 Link-16 MIDS Terminals (1 per aircraft, plus 2 spares). Also included are 8 AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers (1 per aircraft, plus 2 spares); 8 AN/AAR-47A(V)2 Missile Warning Systems (1 per aircraft, plus spares); 8 AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers (1 per aircraft, plus 2 spares); 8 MX-20 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging Systems (1 per aircraft, plus 2 spares); AN/APX-114/119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); secure communications; precision navigation and cryptographic equipment; night vision devices; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated value is $1.40 billion.

The German Air Force will use these aircraft to conduct airlift, air refueling, and air drop missions as part of a French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France. This common air transport squadron will have unrestricted exchange of aircraft, air crews, and maintainers, as well as technical and logistical support based on a common pool of spare parts and a common service support contract.

The C-130Js will provide crucial air refueling capability to German and French fighter and light transport aircraft, as well as helicopters. Germany requests these capabilities to provide for the support of its deployed troops, regional security, and interoperability with France and the United States.

Source: U.S. Department of State
Image: Lockheed Martin

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