U.S. company Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver 17 of its C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The contract is part of a Canadian effort to upgrade its heavy lift aircraft capabilities as its current fleet of C-130 continues to age.
The C-130J four-engine turboprop variant is Lockheed Martin's next generation of its widely deployed Hercules aircraft with new technologies and other improved capabilities. The aircraft is referred to as CC-130J in Canada.
Canadian Department of National Defense officials at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton recently announced their formal acceptance of the first CC-130J.
"The C-130J Super Hercules is an operationally proven platform and the ideal aircraft to replace Canada's existing C-130 fleet," Tony Frese, Lockheed Martin C-130J program director, said in a statement.
The remaining 16 aircraft are expected to be delivered before 2013.