Five new Super Hercules planes confirmed for the New Zealand Air Force
They will gradually replace the fleet of old Hercules from 2024
New Zealand Defense Minister Ron Mark confirmed it: after the American green light to the order arrived in November of last year, the New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will receive 5 new C-130J/30 Super Hercules aircraft that starting from from 2024 they will gradually replace the obsolete 5 Hercules currently in the fleet. "Last year, the cabinet had selected these aircraft as the preferred option to replace the current Hercules. The acquisition of Super Hercules was my top priority as a defense minister", Mark said it in a statement. The contract, which cost USD 900 million, includes a complete mission flight simulator and a package of support measures.
"The new model will have a higher payload, is faster and has more autonomy than the current Hercules", the minister added it. "The new arrivals will ensure that our defense forces will continue to support the resilience of the New Zealand community, national safety. contribution to our Pacific neighbors and the wider global community". The entire new Royal New Zealand Air Force fleet will be operational from 2025.
Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. An upgrade of the C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck and other systems. The C-130J/30 variant has an extended fuselage of 4.6 m; it was designated as CC-130J by the USAF for a short time.
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