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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for KC-130J trainers

By Stephen Carlson
Lockheed Martin awarded contract for KC-130J trainers
The KC-130J tanker, based on the C-130 Hercules cargo plane, is designed to refuel a variety of aircraft in mid-flight in order to extend their operational range. U.S. Air Force photo

June 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has received a $59 million modification for an existing contract for fuselage trainers for systems used on the KC-10J, the Department of Defense recently announced.

The trainers will be modified C-10 fuselages designed to represent the functions and appearance of the KC-130J airborne tanker aircraft. It will allow training on exterior and interior preflight and postflight inspections and loading operations.

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Work will be conducted in Tulsa, Okla., and Marietta, Ga. The program is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021, and fiscal 2015 and 2016 funds in the amount of $59 million will abe allocated upon the time of the award.

The KC130J tanker is designed to refuel a variety of aircraft in mid-flight in order to extend their operational range. It is based on the C-130 Hercules cargo plane.

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