WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $20 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for engineering change proposals on the C-130J Super Hercules.
The work will incorporate five engineering change proposals into the production baseline of the C-130J multi-year fleet.
Work will be performed in Georgia and is expected to be completed by January 2020.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.
The versatile Super Hercules can touch down on austere landing strips and is often the first aircraft to arrive to provide humanitarian relief after disaster missions, Lockheed Martin said.
It has been used for combat, humanitarian, special operations, search and rescue, and aerial refueling missions.
The Air Force announced last month a new multi-year contract with Lockheed for 78 Super Hercules aircraft, with an option to buy up to 83 over the next five years.
The J models are slated to replaced the legacy C-130H.
The Super Hercules brings enhanced avionics and propulsion systems, as well as a higher maximum speed and shorter takeoff distance.