Lockheed Hits C-130J Production Milestone

Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday that it recently completed assembly of the 200th C-130J transport aircraft, representing a significant achievement for the airlifter program. “The C-130J proves itself on a daily basis while engaged in combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian, and disaster-relief operations,” said Ross Reynolds, Lockheed’s C-130 vice president. This 200th airframe was the second HC-130J rescue tanker being built for Air Combat Command. The Air Force is buying the HC-130Js to replace its current 40-year-old fleet of HC-130s. Lockheed rolled out the first HC-130J in April. The Air Force is also acquiring C-130J combat-delivery airframes and MC-130Js, which are optimized for special operations.