Lockheed lands $10bn contract to support C-130J production program

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Lockheed lands $10bn contract to support C-130J production program
The US-based defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded an IDIQ contract with a not-to-exceed ceiling of $10,020,000,000 to support the C-130J production program. This is a cumulative ceiling to cover all future delivery orders within scope of this contract, the US Department of Defense announced on August 19.
Lockheed lands 10bn contract to support C 130J production program 640 001The Lockheed Martin C-130J production line in Marietta, Georgia
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"Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 18, 2026," the US DoD said.

"This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity," the DoD added.

The C-130J is the latest addition to the C-130 fleet and will replace aging C-130Es. The C-130J-30 is a stretch version, adding 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space in the cargo compartment.

C-130J/J-30 major system improvements include advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics, color multifunctional liquid crystal and head-up displays and state-of-the-art navigation that includes a dual inertial navigation system and GPS. The aircraft also features fully integrated defensive systems, low-power color radar, digital moving map display, new turboprop engines with six-bladed all-composite propellers and a digital auto pilot. The C-130J/J-30 also includes improved fuel, environmental and ice-protection and an enhanced cargo-handling system, the USAF explains on its website.