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Indonesia receives final C-130J-30

Indonesia was supposed to receive its fourth and fifth (and final) C-130J-30s in January 2024. In this January 2024 picture is the first C-130J-30 received by Indonesia (serial no A-1339), which arrived in Indonesia on 6 March 2023. (Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu via Getty Images)

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has announced that it has received its fifth and final Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules.

“The fifth C-130J-30 (with tail number A-1342) has arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in Jakarta,” the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 16 May. Janes has previously reported that the acquisition of the five aircraft was part of a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) contract with Lockheed Martin.

According to the original delivery schedule, four C-130J-30s were to be delivered by October 2023, with the final aircraft to be delivered in January 2024. According to the MoD, three C-130J-30s were delivered in 2023: the first in March 2023 (serial no A-1339), the second aircraft in June 2023 (A-1340), and the third in August 2023 (A-1343). A fourth aircraft (A-1344) was delivered in January 2024.

The MoD added that after C-130J-30 (A-1342) aircraft departed the Lockheed Martin plant at Marietta, Georgia, it was flown towards Jakarta via San Diego, Honolulu, the Marshall Islands, and Guam.

All five aircraft are to be deployed with the TNI-AU's Air Squadron 31 at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, the MoD has said, adding that the new acquisitions will “reinforce” Air Squadron 31, which operates a mix of C-130s, including L-100-30 Hercules acquired in the 1980s and 1990s from domestic civil airlines.

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