The US are in the process of acquiring a former C-130J from the Royal Air Force to replace the older KC-130T ‘Fat Albert’ for US Navy Blue Angels aerobatic team support duties.
According to a statement, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to negotiate and award a sole source contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London, United Kingdom for the procurement of one C-130J.
According to the statement:
“The Government requires a suitable replacement aircraft, which must be delivered in an expeditious manner, to avoid a gap in logistical support of the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. The aircraft being procured from the UK MOD has the requisite amount of life and technical capability to support the Blue Angels mission. Procurement of a comparable replacement C-130J from any source other than the UK MOD would create an unacceptable increase in program cost and delay in fielding this critical capability.
This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. Interested parties, however, may identify their interest and capability by responding to this requirement. The Government will consider all capability information received prior to the closing date of this synopsis. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement.”
The UK is withdrawing the shorter C5 variant of the C-130J as the A400M fleet come into service.