MARIETTA, Ga. --- Lockheed Martin has delivered a fourth C-130J Super Hercules to the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), completing the current order for Denmark. Denmark's first C-130J was delivered in March 2004 and began operational service only one month after arriving at the RDAF's 721 Squadron in Aalborg, Denmark.
RDAF C-130Js are being deployed and used in missions around the world and have already accumulated nearly 5,000 flight hours. One RDAF C-130J operating in Kuwait over the past six months has flown 250 missions, transported 1,600 passengers and moved 500,000 pounds of cargo. RDAF C-130Js were also deployed in support of the tsunami humanitarian relief effort in Southeast Asia and to support the United Nations in Africa.
In addition to operating in the hot, harsh conditions of both Southwest and Southeast Asia, RDAF C-130Js have also successfully performed in extremely cold conditions as they flew to "Station North" in Greenland, the most remote location of the Danish Navy, only 580 miles from the North Pole.
International C-130J operators include the Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Italian Air Force and the Royal Danish Air Force. In the United States, Air Mobility Command, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard units fly C-130Js. The Marine Corps operates KC-130J tankers and the Coast Guard flies the HC-130J.
The new C-130J is capable of generating much greater operational efficiencies than the older C-130s by flying further, faster, with more payload and higher reliability. Additionally, the C-130J only requires three crew members for most missions versus five in older models, so fewer flight crew members are exposed to potential threats in-theater.
C-130Js are currently deployed in two combat theaters and are operating at a very high tempo efficiently and reliably. C-130Js are being used daily for troop and equipment re-supply via ground delivery and airdrop, for air-to-air refueling, ground refueling and humanitarian relief. The worldwide fleet of C-130Js has now exceeded 355,000 flight hours.
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