The primary of 5 Lockheed Martin C-130J-30s ordered for the Indonesian Air Drive (TNI-AU) has carried out its first take a look at flight, and the plane is being ready for supply in 2023. International open-source intelligence firm Janes reported the primary plane (serial quantity A-1339) is scheduled for supply within the first quarter of 2023. The remaining 4 plane will likely be delivered by way of 2024, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson mentioned. The corporate added that the primary plane carried out its maiden take a look at flight on 27 October. The existence of the contract was disclosed by Lockheed Martin in September 2021. The primary plane are being offered to Indonesia as a part of a Direct Industrial Sale (DCS).

The Indonesian Air Drive nonetheless operates a C-130B and KC-130B fleet that was procured second-hand within the early sixties. The C-130B’s have been bolstered with second-hand L-100s and C-130Hs within the eighties. The Indonesian Air Drive Hercules plane are operated by Air Squadron 17 and Air Squadron 31, each a part of Air Wing 1, at Jakarta/Halim Perdana Kusuma, Air Squadron 33 (Wing Udara 5) at Ujung Pandang/Hasanuddin and Air Squadron 32 (Air Wing 2) at Malang/Abdul Rahman Saleh. The entire, some twenty Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport plane, is ageing and should be substitute quickly. Externally much like the basic Hercules basically look, the J-model options significantly up to date expertise.


Indonesian Air Drive Chief of Employees Air Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo go to to the Lockheed Martin’s C-130J manufacturing suggests development on the primary plane (development quantity 382-5951) is underway. (Picture by Lockheed Martin)

The Indonesian Air Drive had confirmed plans to purchase further Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Tremendous Hercules tactical transport plane. Throughout his go to to Lockheed Martin’s C-130J manufacturing web site in Marietta, US state of Georgia, the Indonesian Air Drive Chief of Employees Air Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo was photographed subsequent to a C-130J-30 (development quantity 382-5951) cockpit part bearing the Indonesian flag a sign that manufacturing of a minimum of one plane is ongoing. Indonesia’s state-owned information company Antara reported that minister of defence Ryamizard Ryacudu mentioned Indonesia is seeking to purchase 5 C-130J Tremendous Hercules plane.

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Tremendous Hercules is a four-engine turboprop army transport plane. The C-130J is a complete replace of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and different methods. The cargo compartment is roughly 41 ft (12.5 m) lengthy, 9 ft (2.74 m) excessive, and 10 ft (3.05 m) extensive, and loading is from the rear of the fuselage. The C-130J is the latest model of the C-130 Hercules and the one mannequin in manufacturing. These adjustments have improved efficiency over its C-130E/H predecessors, similar to 40% larger vary, 21% larger most velocity, and 41% shorter takeoff distance. As of February 2018, 400 C-130J plane had been delivered to 17 nations. By July 2021, 450 had been delivered with 26 operators in 22 nations.