Oman accepts first C-130J; first Iraqi Super Hercules takes to the sky


The first C-130J Super Hercules for the Sultanate of Oman was formally accepted during a ceremony on August 30, at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility, while earlier this month Iraq’s first C-130J took to the skies for the first time.

Oman’s first of three C-130Js is scheduled for delivery later this year. The new C-130J will be used to support internal country operations where its ability to operate out of remote austere airstrips will be invaluable, Lockheed Martin said.

Iraq has six C-130Js on order. The Iraqi Air Force intends to use the C-130J for intra-theater support of its troops and humanitarian relief operations in various locations. These new transport aircraft will provide Iraq with the ability to operate seamlessly with U.S., NATO and coalition forces.

The first C-130J for Iraq is scheduled for delivery later this year.