Libya may buy C-130Js


Libya may buy two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft worth $588 million from Lockheed Martin, as its air force seeks to restore its capabilities.

According to the United States Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Libyan government has requested a sale of two C-130J-30 aircraft, 10 Rolls Royce AE 2100D3 engines (8 installed and 2 spares), aircraft modifications, Government Furnished Equipment (including radios), support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The support contract would last for a period of three years. The estimated cost of the deal is $588 million.

The C-130J-30 model requested is the stretched version of the C-130J, which allows the aircraft to carry two more pallets.

The DSCA notified Congress of the possible sale on June 7, as it is obliged to do so. However, this does not mean that a sale has taken place.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Libya. The Government of Libya uses airlift to maintain the connection between the central government and the country’s outlying areas. The sale of these C-130Js to Libya will significantly increase its capability to provide in-country airlift support for its forces, thus strengthening its capacity in the security arena,” the DSCA said.
“Libya intends to use these aircraft primarily to move supplies and people within Libya. This medium lift capability should assist with border security, the interdiction of known terrorist elements, and rapid reaction to internal security threats. In addition, Libya intends to utilize these aircraft in support of regional peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. Libya, which already operates a mix of legacy C-130s, will have little difficulty absorbing these aircraft, which include a three-year training and sustainment package.”

Libya used to fly 11 C-130s, but most of these have fallen out of service following the Libyan civil war that resulted in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. According to Flight Global, a single C-130H and a civilian L-100 remain in Libyan air force service.

In March the United Nations eased its arms embargo on Libya, allowing the North African country to purchase non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use, and related technical assistance or training.

Libya is exploring the prospect of rebuilding its air force, which is mainly of Soviet origin.