The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) announced on 25 November that it has sold five Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules aircraft to US firm Coulson Aviation.
Under the deal, the aircraft will be sold for a total of USD4.5 million and will be handed over in late 2019 or early 2020.
Coulson Aviation will modify the aircraft to become aerial firefighting platforms and will modernise them with new glass cockpits and other equipment for aerial firefighting.
The five C-130Hs have been stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) in Tucson, Arizona, since 2008. The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) had operated six C-130H aircraft between 1969 and 2008, with the sixth currently held as a museum piece in Norway.
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