Subscribe Free
in Features

Oman gets ready to induct C-130J

Posted 12 November 2012 · Add Comment

Lockheed Martin has started deliveries of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman.

The first aircraft built for the Sultanate of Oman (actually a stretched C-130J-30 model) conducted its maiden flight in early August 2012 and was photographed on approach to Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, on August 6.

Above: (left to right) Colonel John Drohan, United States Air Force, Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency-Marietta; Commander Suleiman Al-Brashdy, Omani Government official; and George Shultz, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager C-130 Programmes at the acceptance ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility in Georgia on 30 August 2012 .

This aircraft was formally accepted in a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility in Georgia on 30 August 2012 in the presence of Commander Suleiman Al-Brashdy, representing the Omani government; Colonel John Drohan, the US Air Force CO of the Defense Contract Management Agency in Marietta; and George Shultz, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of C-130 programmes.

This first Omani C-130J departed the Lockheed Martin facility at Marietta on September 13, transiting to Oman via the UK’s Stansted airport, where it was seen on September 14.

The C-130J-30 is the first of three second-generation Hercules on order; the contract for it having been announced on June 5 2009. Two unstretched C-130Js (announced on August 16 2010) will also be delivered.

The Royal Air Force of Oman currently operates three C-130H models delivered between 1981 and 1983. These equip No.16 Squadron at Seeb.

The new J-models will augment the older C-130H models, rather than replacing them, and will largely be used to support internal country operations, accessing remote, austere and inhospitable airstrips within Oman.

• Meanwhile, the first of six C-130J-30s for the Iraqi air force made its maiden flight from Lockheed Martin’s Marietta site in mid-August. This first C-130J-30 for Iraq is scheduled for delivery later this year and will join three refurbished C-130Es, which currently equip the Iraqi air force’s transport arm.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

SAFA to offer upset recovery training in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) is to launch an Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) programme from its campus base at Thumamah near Riyadh.

TAV president Sener outlines the new Sabhiha Gokcen Airport investment

TAV Airports, has signed an agreement with Limak Group for the acquisition of its 40% share in Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Upon closing of this transaction after having obtained the necessary approvals, TAV and Malaysia Airports

Emirates signs partnership deal with Nigeria's Arik Air

Emirates has signed an MoU with Nigerian airline Arik Air to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation.

New CEO for Oman Air

Oman Air has appointed Paul Gregorowitsch as its new CEO in a move hailed as “the start of a new chapter in the illustrious development, at local, regional and international levels, of the national carrier”, by its chairman Darwish bin

Etihad concludes 49% investment deal with AlItalia

Etihad finally signed its deal with AlItalia this morning which exceeds the investment levels expected with a $2.35bn injection to build what it described as a “reinvigorated Alitalia as a competitive sustainably profitable

Etihad's "biggest investment" in Alitalia is going ahead

Etihad has confirmed it has reached agreement with AlItalia to buy 49% of the troubled airline.

Iberia Maintenance
See us at
MEBAA  Regional ConferenceMilsatcom 2015MEBA 2014Future Air TransportAVIATION AFRICA 2015World Food ProgrammeHelishow 2014Aviation Outlook Middle East 2014Air Traffic Management SummitWorld Aviation Summit 2015