Germany has announced plans to purchase ‘between 4-6’ C-130J Super Hercules from Lockheed Martin.
It says the C-130Js will be used for ‘special operations support’ and that they will operate from airstrips ‘unavailable’ to the Airbus A400M Atlas.
The new aircraft will be ready for service from 2021 and they will be operated in co-operation with the French MoD.
The news comes as a serious blow for the Airbus aircraft, of which Luftwaffe has now received five A400Ms.
The A400M currently offers only limited deployment capabilities, and has suffered from delivery delays. The Luftwaffe has also experienced engine problems and was scheduled to have received nine Atlas by the end of this year, from a total of 53 ordered.