The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed-Martin a $4 billion multiyear procurement
contract for the delivery of 60 C-130J aircraft. These aircraft are for the US
Air Force and the USMC.
The 60 C-130J aircraft will be delivered from the year 2003 to 2008.
It is anticipated that this multiyear procurement program will result in more
than $500 million of cost savings.
The US Air Force will receive 40 CC-130J, the stretched fuselage version of the
aircraft, and the Marine Corps will receive 20 KC-130J tankers.
Customers around the world an the US military, including the latest contract,
have now ordered 178 C-130J aircraft. To date, 94 of these aircraft have been
delivered 32 to the USAF, 9 to the USMC, 25 to the RAF, 15 of 22 ordered
to Italy, 12 to Australia and 1 of 6 ordered to the US Coast Guard. Denmark has
ordered 3 CC-130J, with a fourth as an option, that will be delivered starting
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