The RAF’s C-130J aircraft will be retained, allowing them to support a range of operations until 2030.

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations.

The SDSR states:

“A recapitalised air transport fleet to enable our Armed Forces to intervene globally at speed. By 2016, we will have 14 Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Our 22 new A400M Atlas heavy-lift aircraft will enhance our global reach, alongside our eight C17 aircraft. We will upgrade and extend the life of our C130J aircraft, allowing them to support a range of operations until 2030.”

All C-130s were to be withdrawn by 2022.

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Bo Morgan
5 years ago

One of the best aircraft ever.my favorite to jump from.

Russ Hunt
5 years ago

Sorry, have I woken up in a different country? So far on the military front it’s been all good news ……. Wow!

Andy Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Russ Hunt

I concur! However, I am now concerned, more than ever, how badly hit the police will be tomorrow if so much money has been set for defence

Michael Thomas
5 years ago
Reply to  Russ Hunt

Andy Berry Well, being as I have never once seen a copper on patrol in my area, I don’t see what we’ll be losing.

Andrew Sloan
5 years ago
Reply to  Russ Hunt

Bulk of the money is coming from savings elsewhere at the Mod. Should be easy enough to find within such a top heavy admin overloaded organisation.

Andy Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Russ Hunt

Seeing a police constable on patrol is great in terms of the vulnerable feeling reassurred, but not necessarily a good thing in real terms

Mark Campbell
5 years ago

Why keep the Herc when Atlas is coming to the squadrons??

Daniel Adams
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark Campbell

C130 is used by the special forces. Atlas is not

Daz Vallis
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark Campbell

Different aircraft for different missions

Albert Yome
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark Campbell

A400M too big for some ops.

Rob Simmonds
5 years ago

Good news indeed. I see there is a commitment to three SSS for the RFA in the SDSR too

geoffrey roach
geoffrey roach
5 years ago

The review gets better and better…sixty (?) strong fixed wing transport fleet. Excellent/

tony gelder
5 years ago

Great news all round,but can brize handle all the transport fleet?

Albert Yome
5 years ago
Toby Parr
5 years ago

I am still almost shocked at the scale of the increase, as I was depressingly not expecting much but cut and after cut. In my own option though, i’d say that the RAF has come out “the winner” in terms of equipment and manpower after this SDSR… Still though Navy and Army numbers are still too low. The Navy and Army have great equipment and are getting some absolute state of the art stuff, but it’s just the manpower and naval vessel numbers that are still quite dismal. However seeing as the government are apparently allowing around 700 sailors an… Read more »

Stuart Brown
5 years ago

How long will it take to have 22 A400M I wonder…

Roger Smith
5 years ago

Simply too valuable and versatile to give up.

James Gale
5 years ago

Good news indeed!