First C-130J Super Hercules visit to Canada since contract signing

    Canadian Forces' New Tactical Airlifter on Display at Abbotsford Air Show

    OTTAWA, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Abbotsford Air Show is the first
Canadian event to host a C-130J Super Hercules since Lockheed Martin signed a
contract with the Government of Canada valued at $1.4 billion to purchase 17
of the world's most advanced tactical airlifters plus related equipment and
    One C-130J Super Hercules from the 146th Airlift Wing of the Channel
Islands Air National Guard Station will be on display at the Abbotsford Air
Show in British Columbia from August 8 through 10. This is the same type of
aircraft that will be delivered to the Canadian Forces starting in 2010.
Canada has joined the growing number of nations with C-130J fleets-allied
operators include the United States, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Norway and the
United Kingdom.
    "The C-130J is a proven, available, rugged aircraft capable of performing
a full spectrum of tactical airlift missions in demanding environments," said
Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin Vice-President for Air Mobility. "We are confident
it will become Canada's new workhorse and serve the Canadian Forces well for
years to come."
    The new C-130J generates much greater operational efficiency than the
older C-130s, such as Canada's E and H model, by flying farther, faster, with
more payload and higher reliability. Additionally, the C-130J only requires
three crew members for most missions so fewer flight crew members are exposed
to potential threats in-theatre. C-130Js are currently deployed in several
theatres and are operating at a very high tempo efficiently and reliably.
C-130Js are being used daily for troop and equipment re-supply via ground
delivery and airdrop, for air-to-air refuelling, ground refuelling and
humanitarian relief.
    "Contract signing began the process of working with the Federal
Government and Canadian industry to put a 20-year In-Service Support (ISS)
program in place for the new fleet," said Mr. Grant. Lockheed Martin will
conduct a series of competitions to select Canadian companies to deliver the
ISS capability in Canada. "We look forward to utilizing this acquisition to
strengthen our relationship with Canada," added Grant. "It is in that spirit
that we will be announcing Canadian partnerships-and the full C-130J Canadian
Industrial Team-later this year."

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs approximately
140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology
systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of
$41.9 billion.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Peter Simmons, Lockheed Martin,
(678) 662-4747,; LeeEllen Carroll, Thornley Fallis,
(613) 231-3355 ext. 231, (613) 794-6868,; For more
information, visit the C-130J Canadian website at

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