Sweet 16 as Saudi adopts the KC-130J
Saudi Arabia has become the 16th country to operate the C-130J Super Hercules to meet its refueling and airlift needs as it took delivery of two KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelers.
Operated by Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) crews, the Kingdom has the largest legacy Hercules fleet outside of the USA. These new KC-130Js were acquired by the Kingdom through a foreign military sales programme with the U.S. government.
“Our decades-long C-130 partnership with Saudi Arabia continues with the addition of the KC‑130J to the RSAF airlift fleet,” said Christopher Antone, Lockheed Martin vice president of business development. “We are honoured by the Kingdom’s decision to enhance its existing fleet with the proven capabilities and superior performance of the KC-130J Super Hercules. With more than 50 years of C-130 operations in the Kingdom, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Saudi Arabia in the years to come.”
The KC-130J aerial refueler is the latest in a long line of combat-proven C-130 Hercules tankers.
The KC-130J is now with the RSAF - Photo by Andrew McMurtrie.