A Foreign Military Sale notification has been issued by the U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for the purchase by Germany of three C-130J-30 and three KC-130J aircraft at an estimated cost of US$1.40 billion.
The German Air Force will use the additional aircraft to increase its airlift, air refuelling, and air drop capabilities and the new aircraft will operate as part of a French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France.
The common air transport squadron operates with an unrestricted exchange of aircraft, air crews, and maintainers, as well as technical and logistical support based on a common pool of spare parts and a common service support contract.
The new aircraft will start replacing German Air Force C-160 Transall aircraft and the first C-130J is expected to be delivered in 2021.
The new C-130Js and KC-130js will be fitted with AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers, AN/AAR-47A(V)2 Missile Warning Systems, AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers, MX-20 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging Systems, AN/APX-114/119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5, Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) and secure communications; precision navigation and cryptographic equipment.