France has received into service the first of two Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker-transport aircraft as part of a wider Hercules procurement effort, the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) announced on 20 September.
The tanker variant of the C-130J transport aircraft arrived at Orléans-Bricy Air Base the day prior to the announcement, and follows the earlier delivery of two ‘stretched’ transport C-130J-30 aircraft to the same location. A second KC-130J will be delivered in 2020, with both KC-130Js and both C-130J-30s being operated by 2/61 “Franche-Comté” 123 at Orléans-Bricy Air Base.
As noted by the DGA, the purchase of the four new Hercules is being expedited due to the high operational commitment in North Africa.
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