Bangladesh has received the first of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft ordered for the country's air force.
The platform, which was rolled out in a ceremony held in the UK in mid-July, arrived at the Bangladesh Air Force's (BAF's) Bangabandhu airbase in Dhaka on 25 August, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Bangladeshi military.
The 'short-bodied' C-130Js (designated C5 in UK Royal Air Force [RAF] service) were ordered in two batches of two and three aircraft in 2018 and earlier in 2019, respectively, as Jane's previously reported. The remaining four aircraft are expected to be handed over by the end of 2019.
The aircraft deals were initially revealed via maintenance contracts announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (ADG), although it was the UK Ministry of Defence that first confirmed to Jane's the total number.
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