The first four Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules for the Algerian Air Force will arrive and go straight into service in the next few weeks, in late March or early April, according to Algerian military blog menadefense.net, whose source regrets The The Algerian The contract has been slow to bear fruit due to the slow pace of negotiations and the approval of the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) system for certain sensitive devices that Algeria has integrated into the aircraft.
Algeria had acquired 20 C-130 Hercules aircraft in the 1980s that were in service with the second tactical transport wing of squadrons 312, 322 and 332. In 1981 a C-130 H30 was put into service for the first time. The Algerian Air Force is currently in action. 15 of these aircraft crashed after four crashes between 2003 and 2018, and a fifth is operated by the state civil aviation company.
It is not clear whether the new aircraft will be added to the fleet to make up for aircraft previously lost or to replace aircraft currently in service. Hiring a small number, however, retains the option to add them to the fleet so the total remains between 19 and 21 in should the transaction eventually include 6 Super Hercules.
The Algerian Air Force will be the second operator of the new C-130J after the Tunisian Air Force, which acquired two C-130J-30 aircraft between 2013 and 2014. The Moroccan Air Force also plans to acquire the same aircraft in the few short years to maintain and develop tactical transportability.
The C-130J Super Hercules is a medium-sized tactical transport aircraft that can be used on short, poorly paved runways. It is widely used in countries or regions where there is a threat because its performance, tactics and defense systems make it the ideal platform for such tasks, as well as for launching cargo and paratroopers from the air. It can carry up to 128 passengers, 74 paratroopers or eight 19,500 kg cargo pallets. The engines and the avionics have been completely revised and the performance increased. Its cruising speed is 600 km / h, an autonomy of 5,000 km when empty and 3,000 km at full load, a maximum altitude of 40,000 feet and a cruising altitude of 28,000 feet. (Mohammed Halimi)
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