Poland buys five former USAF C-130H aircraft

Poland buys former USAF C130H
USAF C-130H Hercules.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced yesterday via twitter that Poland has signed a purchase agreement with the United States for five C-130 Hercules multipurpose transport aircraft. This deal confirms the rumors that have been circulating for years now.

The aircraft will come from a US Air Force surplus under the Excess Defense Articles Program. The first of them is expected to arrive in Poland by the end of the year.

The 'new' Hercules will be based at Poland's large military airport - 33 Air Transport Base in Powidz - to increase the transport capacity of the Polish Air Force.

The Excess Defense Articles Program provides that excess defense items owned by the DoD and the US Coast Guard may be offered at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients on an “as is, where is” basis in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.

These five aircraft will replace the old C-130Es that the US donated to Poland in 2009.

Written by Darren Bondi
Image: USAF

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