Australian Air Force secures US approval for C-130J Super Hercules deal
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been given the green light from the US government to move forward with the purchase of US-made Lockheed Martin C-130J four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) cleared the possible sale of 24 C-130Js powered by Rolls-Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines on November 2, 2022. The deal also includes rated spare and repair parts consumables and accessories, personnel training equipment and other military software, and is estimated to cost $6.35 billion.
The new military aircraft is dedicated to replacing the RAAF’s existing fleet, which currently stands at 12 Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules, with an average age of 23 years in service.
According to the DSCA, the proposed sale will improve Australia’s defense capability and will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the US. However, it will not alter “the basic military balance” in Australia or the surrounding region.
“Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region,” the DGCA statement reads.
“It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability,” the agency added.
Bayraktar Kizilelma combat drone conducts ground tests ahead of first flight
The Bayraktar Kizilelma combat drone completed autonomous taxi and takeoff run tests ahead of its first flight. ...
Premature celebration? FCAS manufacturers still not on the same page
Contrary to what was announced by the German authorities, the industrial agreement on the FCAS has not yet been reached,...
Royal Air Force and Airbus complete first military transporter flight using SAF
The Royal Air Force and Airbus have flown the world's first military transport flight using 100% sustainable aviatio...