C4iSR: Maritime

ADEX 2013: Lockheed Martin eyes Singapore for Sea Herc

28 October 2013
Bsed on the C-130J-30 transport aircraft, seen here in Australian service, the SC-130J Sea Herc offers a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare capability. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) could adopt the Lockheed Martin SC-130J Sea Herc in fulfilment of its long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) requirement, a company official told IHS Jane's on 29 October.

Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in South Korea, Steve Pigott, Director Business Development International Air Mobility Programs, said that Singapore represents the most promising near-term prospect for the MPA-variant Hercules as it looks to augment and later replace its current Fokker 50 MPA fleet.

"Singapore has a real need [for a long-range MPA], and we could provide both a Level 2 [anti-surface warfare] or Level 3 [anti-submarine warfare] capability with the SC-130J," he said.

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