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C130J delivery enhances airlift missions

Lockheed Martin : 09 September, 2009  (Application Story)
The latest (14th) C130-J to be based at USAF airfield Ramstein, Germany, was formally accepted into service.
'We are excited about getting another C-130J,' Maj. Gen Ladnier said. 'When you look across the Department of Defense at what this country is doing, you can't help but be proud of our soldiers, our sailors, our Airmen and our Marines. If you think about it a minute or two longer you realize you have to get to a fight to fight the fight; you've got to sustain the fight to stay in the fight; you've got to get to the disaster area if you are going to lend a helping hand. You quickly come to the conclusion that the C-130J is a big part of anything we do in this country -- and we certainly couldn't live without it.'

The C-130Js based at Ramstein will also support the airlift needs of the newly established Africa Command. 'When you look at the power of the C-130J, and the legs (range) that it has, it is ideally suited to the size of the African continent and our mission there,' Gen. Ladnier said.

Ten C-130Js will be delivered to Ramstein this year, with four more scheduled for delivery in 2010. These 14 new Js will support the Ramstein-based 37th Airlift Squadron that has been flying C-130Es. The new aircraft are the longer C-130J-30 configuration, which is now the standard for recapitalizing the USAF and many other air forces around the world. Gen. Ladnier accepted the newest aircraft on Sept. 1.

C-130Js are used for high speed operations where time is of the essence to support troops and for humanitarian missions.

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