New Zealand will buy C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft

The New Zealand government recently confirmed the acquisition of five C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from the American aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Between 2024 and 2025, these five new generation aircraft will replace the five current C-130 Hercules that were delivered to New Zealand in the 1960s.

For the Royal New Zealand Air Force, this issue has been a priority for several years. Indeed, since the withdrawal of the A-4 Skyhawk fighters and the cancellation of the contract for the acquisition of F-16 fighters in 2000 , the Royal New Zealand Air Force no longer has combat aircraft. Equipped exclusively with helicopters, transport planes, training planes and maritime patrol planes, the RNZAF mainly conducts humanitarian operations, rescue at sea, maritime control, logistical missions and, more punctually , support for special operations or anti piracy missions.

Like the current Hercules, the New Zealand Super Hercules will mainly participate in humanitarian operations in the Asia-Pacific region, but also in New Zealand itself, regularly hit by earthquakes or storms.

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