Algerian Air Force receives second C-130J Super Hercules

The Algerian Air Force has taken delivery of a second Lockheed Martin Super Hercules and will receive further examples in the near future, Guy Martin reports in Defence Web. Algeria is the second C-130J Super Hercules operator in Africa after Tunisia received two aircraft in 2013 and 2014. Twenty other nations around the world operate this type.

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Algerian Air Force receives second C 130J Super Hercules The Algerian Air Force already operates C-130H and C-130H-30 Hercules with the 2ème Escadre de Transport Tactique et Logistique (2nd Tactical Transport and Logistics Wing) at Boufarik airbase. Seven C-130Hs and three C-130H-30s are believed to be operational, along with a single L100-30. They have been in service since the early 1980s. Another two have been lost in crashes. (Picture source: Wikipedia/Laurent Errera)

A first Super Hercules (7T-WJA, cn 382-5818) arrived in Algeria on 23 January 2022. it is a former Lockheed Martin demonstrator (N5103D) and the commercial LM-100J prototype (the LM-100J is the civilian version of the C-130J). It first flew on 30 June 2017, Guy Martin recalls.

The second LM-100J for Algeria arrived at Boufarik airbase on 24 April. The aircraft (7T-WJB, cn 382-5824) is a former civilian aircraft and was operated by Pallas Aviation as N5105A. It first flew in October 2017 and is the second LM-100J produced.

Algeria ordered four C-130J-30 Super Hercules in 2018 but it is not clear if they will all be to LM-100J standard or military versions, Guy Martin writes.

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