Partnership for Protection
Making Herc History: The First Bi-National C-130J Squadron
Germany’s C-130s have a special place in Hercules history as Germany’s Luftwaffe and France’s Armée de l'Air operate the first bi-national C-130 squadron out of Évreux-Fauville Air Base in Normandy, France.
Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion
C-130J Super Hercules
The C-130J Super Hercules is one of the world’s most proven and powerful tactical transport aircraft, with more than 450 aircraft delivered to over 20 global customers and more than 2 million flight hours obtained. In 17 available variants, the aircraft performs in-flight refuelling, ground refuelling, weather reconnaissance, electronic warfare, medical evacuation, search and rescue, paradrop, maritime mission, special operations and many other missions. The C-130J demonstrates a reliability that far exceeds most other military aircraft with average mission capable rates routinely in the 80-to-90% range.
The Bundeswehr plans to operate a total of 6 C-130Js, primarily focusing on national risk and crisis management and special forces support. Three of these aircraft will be delivered in the KC-130 configuration, which provide air-to-air and ground refuelling capabilities for future heavy lift helicopters and other aircraft. The German Super Hercules fleet will be based at the French airbase at Évreux-Fauville in Normandy, where it will be operated as part of a Franco-German airlift squadron. From 2024, the binational squadron plans to operate a total of ten Lockheed Martin aircraft.