The two aircraft, provided following the signing of what is known as an "undefinitized contract action" with the U.S. government for the Foreign Military Sale, could be the first two of a potential 23 C-130Js for the country, Lockheed said.
"Here we see another nation recapitalizing with the proven C-130J," said Chris Antone, vice president of business development for Saudi Arabia at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. "As a legacy C-130 operator, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is familiar with the workhorse capabilities of the Hercules."
Saudi Arabia is the 16th country, in addition to the United States, to have chosen the latest C-130J model for its airlift needs. Among those operating the aircraft are Australia, Britain, Denmark, Oman, India, Iraq, Israel, South Korea and Oman.
"The C-130J is the standard by which all other airlift is measured in terms of availability, flexibility and reliability," the company said.
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