Four Super Hercs To Be Built For Emirate
The State of Qatar has signed a $393.6 million contract with
Lockheed Martin for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules
airlifters plus training and spares with deliveries to begin in
2011. Qatar's new C-130Js will be the longer fuselage or
"stretched" variant of the C-130J.
Since this is Qatar's first experience with C-130s, the package
being provided by Lockheed Martin is a complete solution. The
package includes four aircraft, training of aircrew and maintenance
technicians, spares, ground support and test equipment, servicing
carts, forklifts, loading vehicles, cargo pallets, and a team of
technical specialists who will be based in Qatar during an initial
"This acquisition of a fleet of C-130Js will provide our country
with a highly flexible airlift capability," said Brigadier General
Ahmad Ibrahim Al -- Malki, Chairman of the Qatar Emiri Air Force
Airlift Evaluation Committee. "No other aircraft can do what a
C-130J can do and we are proud to join the many, many countries
around the world that operate the world's most successful
"We also are extremely proud to be selected to provide the
world's most advanced tactical mobility aircraft to meet Qatar's
operational airlift needs," said Jim Jamerson, president, Middle
East/Africa Region, Lockheed Martin Corporation. "The C-130J Super
Hercules will equip the Qatari Emiri Air Force with proven, modern,
and effective tactical and strategic airlift to support a wide
range of Qatar's national requirements."
Qatar joins the rapidly growing number of nations with C-130J
fleets including Australia, Canada, Demark, India, Italy, Norway,
the United Kingdom and the United States.
C-130Js are currently deployed in two combat theaters. In
non-combat, but equally harsh environments, the C-130Js were first
to support relief efforts after hurricane Katrina, Thailand's
tsunami, Myanmar's typhoon and several earthquakes.
The worldwide fleet of C-130Js has now flown nearly half a
million flight hours, with some C-130J operator countries flying as
much as 1000 hours per month.