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Friday, August 20, 2010

Oman orders C-130J Super Hercules aircrafts.

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 18 (UPI) 

Lockheed Martin announced it has received a contract from the Sultanate of Oman for two additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
The dollar value of the order was not disclosed. Lockheed, however, said the two planes would be delivered to the Gulf sultanate in late 2013 and 2014.

"The C-130J is ideally suited to the operating conditions found in Oman and other areas of the Gulf," said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president for Air Mobility and Special Operations Forces Programs. "In selecting the C-130J Super Hercules, Oman has recognized all the proven qualities of the world's most advanced airlifter."

Oman currently operates three C-130Hs, which were purchased in the early 1980s. It ordered its first "long configuration" C-130J in July 2009 for delivery in 2012.

The new order is for two C-130Js in the "short" configuration, Lockheed said. The aircraft, with its cargo capacity and ability to utilize the roughest airstrips, is used by militaries around the world.

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