German Air Force may look to acquire additional transport aircraft

According to Defense Industry Daily

Mar 18, 2016 00:20 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

The German Air Force may look to acquire additional transport aircraft alongside its procurement of Airbus A400Ms. Sources within the government and military have denied that the new buys are in relation to ongoing problems with the A400M; however, as many as ten new aircraft may be purchased. Potential models for the Germans could be Lockheed’s C130 Hercules, as the A400M is too wide and heavy to land on some runways.


First the French now the Germans!  Guess the A400M isn’t working out so well! 

C-130 Hercules wallpaperC130 Hercules

This aircraft was originally intended for troop/cargo transportation and medical evacuation. The C130 Hercules can carry 92 passengers, 72 fully equipped troops or 64 paratroopers.

   This airlifter made its name for reliability. The C130 Hercules is capable of short takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways.

   Throughout most of its career the basic airframe of the C130 has changed very little. A versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of roles. A number of specialized variants emerged. These include search and rescue, reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, gunship, refueller, maritime patrol and firefighting. A stretched-fuselage option is available. Over 40 models of the C130 were built.

Some variants of the C130 Hercules:

   C130A initial production model. These airlifters served through the Vietnam War;

   C130B improved model, introduced in 1959. It had uprated engines, new propellers and increased fuel capacity;

   C130D aircraft equipped or retrofitted with giant skis. These were essentially the C130A models;

   C130E extended range model, fitted with external fuel tanks. It also had more powerful engines and upgraded avionics. This model entered service in 1962 (491 built);

   C130F, C130G and KC-130F aerial refueling tankers, fitted with removable fuel tanks inside the cargo compartment;

   C130H improved model, fitted with updated engines and improved avionics. Its deliveries commenced in 1964 and it remains the workhorses of the USAF’s tactical transport fleet. This variant is also operational with most European air arms (1 089 built);

   C130J Super Hercules, the latest production and much improved variant, fitted with new engines and avionics. It is in service with the United Kingdom as the Hercules C.5;

   C130K an export model to the United Kingdom. Locally it is referred as the Hercules C.1;

   HC130N/P long-range SAR variant, used by the US Air Force;

   AC130 gunship;

   DC130 drone control aircraft;

   EC130 electronic warfare aircraft;

   MC130 Combat Talon special forces support aircraft;

   RC130 reconnaissance aircraft.

Entered service 1956
Crew 4 – 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 29.79 m
Wing span 40.41 m
Height 11.84 m
Weight (empty) 34.2 t
Weight (maximum take off) 79.3 t
Engines and performance
Engines 4 x Rolls-Royce Allison AE 210D3 turboprops
Engine power 4 x 4 591 shp
Maximum speed 721 km/h
Service ceiling 10.6 km
Ferry range 5 250 km
Range with maximum payload ~ 3 800 km
Maximum payload 18.9 t
Passengers and cargo 92 troops, or 64 paratroopers, or 74 litters plus two medical attendants; other loads include light/medium towed artillery pieces, wheeled or tracked vehicles or standard pallets


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