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World operators of the C-130 Hercules

Military operators of the C-130:

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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Lockheed C-130E Hercules of the 43rd Airlift Wing, United States Air Force

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a multipurpose military transport aircraft used by many different nations around the world. This is a list of the specific military units that fly it.


Flag of Algeria.svg AlgeriaEdit


Algerian Air Force

Algerian Air Force

AAF operates 19 C-130 transports, including 9 C-130H, 8 C-130H-30, and 2 L-100-30 models.

Flag of Angola.svg AngolaEdit

Angolan Air Force

Received 6 C-130K, 3 L-100-20, and 2 L-100-30 aircraft. None in flying condition now.

Flag of Botswana.svg BotswanaEdit

Botswana Air Force

Flag of Cameroon.svg CameroonEdit

Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (L-382T), Cameroon - Air Force AN0193846

Cameroon Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1989.

Cameroon Air Force

Flag of Chad.svg ChadEdit

Chad Air Force

Flag of Egypt.svg EgyptEdit

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (L-382)

Egyptian Air Force

Egyptian Air Force

Flag of Ethiopia.svg EthiopiaEdit

Ethiopian Air Force

Flag of Gabon.svg GabonEdit

Gabon Air Force

Flag of Libya.svg LibyaEdit

Libyan Air Force
Free Libyan Air Force

Flag of Morocco.svg MoroccoEdit

Moroccan Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules (L-382)

RMAF's Lockheed C-130H Hercules

Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Escadrille de Transport based at Rabat (C-130H)

Flag of Niger.svg NigerEdit

Flag of Nigeria.svg NigeriaEdit

Nigerian Air Force
  • 88 MAG based at Lagos (C-130H, C-130H-30). On 26 September 1992 a NAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules serial number 911 crashed three minutes after take-off from Lagos, Nigeria when three engines failed possibly due to high take-off weight. All 158 people on board were killed, including 8 foreign nationals.[1]

Flag of South Africa.svg South AfricaEdit

SAAF-C-130 Hercules-001

A SAAF C-130 in 2011

South African Air Force

Flag of Sudan.svg SudanEdit

Sudanese Air Force

Flag of Tunisia.svg TunisiaEdit

Tunisian Air Force

Flag of Zambia.svg ZambiaEdit


Flag of Bangladesh.svg BangladeshEdit

Bangladesh Air Force
  • 4 C-130B and 1 TC-130B under 101st Squadron based on BAF Base Kurmitola[2]

Flag of the Republic of China.svg Republic of ChinaEdit

Republic of China Air Force
  • 19 x C-130H and 1 x C130HE with 439th Combined Wing (439聯隊)
    • 10th Tactical Airlift Group (101st Airlift Squadron and 102nd Airlift Squadron) – C-130H
    • 20th Electronic Warfare Group (6th Electronic Warfare Squadron) – 1 C-130HE

Flag of India.svg IndiaEdit

Indian Air Force
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted its first C-130J-30 Super Hercules on 5 February 2011.[3] The remaining five on order were delivered by the end of 2011, and operated by 77 Squadron, the Veiled Vipers. On 3 October 2011 India announced its decision to buy six additional C-130J-30 Super Hercules[4] taking the total to 12. The IAF has six C-130J-30s in service as of January 2012.[5]

Flag of Indonesia.svg IndonesiaEdit

TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force) Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules serial number A-1317 lands at Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport

Indonesian Air Force

TNI-AU – 24 C-130B/C/H, 2 KC-13-B
  • Skadron Udara 17 (VIP Squadron) – C-130H-30 (also operates Lockheed L-100-30)
  • Skadron Udara 31 (Logistics & Transport Squadron) – C-130H-30 (also operates Lockheed L-100-30)
  • Skadron Udara 32 (Logistics & Transport Squadron) – C-130H-30, C-130B/C and KC-130B

Flag of Iran.svg IranEdit

Iranian Air Force Hercules Habibi

An Iranian C-130 Hercules in 2010

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
  • C-130E, C-130H and 1 RC-130.

Flag of Iraq.svg IraqEdit

Iraqi Air Force

Flag of Israel.svg IsraelEdit

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (L-382) (Karnaf), Israel - Air Force AN1324616

Israeli C-130 Hercules

Israeli Air Force

Flag of Japan.svg JapanEdit

C-130 Hercules 2

C-130H of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Japan Air Self-Defense Force

The Japan Defense Agency ordered C-130H which were the then latest model in 1981. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) received first C-130H in 1984 and purchased 16 in total from Lockheed by 1998. JASDF C-130Hs was active in Iraq for the transportation during until 2008 from 2004. Some C-130Hs will be equipped with aerial fuel-receiving and refueling functions.[7][8]

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The JMSDF bought six KC-130R aircraft that were retired and in storage. They are being refitted with new landing gear supports, cargo door supports, center wing rainbow fittings, and corrosion repair. In addition to structural modifications, the Japanese will receive thirty overhauled T56-A-16 engines and digital cockpit upgrades to include a digital GPS. Regeneration began in November 2012 and will be completed by Fall 2013. The JMSDF plan to use the aircraft for troop and cargo movement, humanitarian efforts, transport of senior leaders, and medical evacuation.[9]

Flag of Jordan.svg JordanEdit

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (L-382), Jordan - Air Force AN0653711

Lockheed C-130H Hercules Royal Jordanian Air Force

Royal Jordanian Air Force
  • 3 Sqn based at Al Matar Airbase/Amman (currently operates 7 C-130H/E & 2 Casa CN-295), older C-130Bs were sold to Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and converted to KC-130B configuration in early 1980s.)

Flag of Kuwait.svg KuwaitEdit

Kuwait Air Force

Flag of Malaysia.svg MalaysiaEdit

Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • 14 Sqn based at Labuan (C-130H)
  • 20 Sqn based at Subang (C-130H, C-130H-30, C-130T)

Flag of Oman.svg OmanEdit

Oman Air Force C-130H Hercules Lofting

Royal Air Force of Oman C-130H

Royal Air Force of Oman
  • 16 Sqn based at Seeb (C-130H)

Flag of Pakistan.svg PakistanEdit

Pakistan Air Force

Flag of the Philippines.svg PhilippinesEdit

US Navy 080629-N-5961C-001 Servicemen from both the Philippine Air Force and Army unload a C-130 aircraft of food and water for transfer to waiting U.S. helicopters, which will deliver to remote locations throughout Panay Islan

Servicemen unload a Philippine C-130 bringing relief supplies to Panay Island following Typhoon Frank

Philippine Air Force
  • 222nd Airlift Sq, 220th Airlift Wing, Benito Ebuen AB, Mactan Island, Cebu (C-130B/H)

Flag of Qatar.svg QatarEdit

Qatar Emiri Air Force

Four C-130Js on order for delivery from 2011[10]

Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi ArabiaEdit

Lockheed C-130H Hercules (L-382), Saudi Arabia - Air Force AN2223056

Saudi Arabia Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules

Royal Saudi Air Force
  • 1 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (VC-130H, L-100-30)
  • 4 Sqn based at Jeddah (C-130E, C-130H, C-130H-30)
  • 16 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (C-130E, C-130H, L-100-30)
  • 32 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (KC-130H)
Armed Forces Medical Services

Flag of Singapore.svg SingaporeEdit

ROSAF Lockheed Hercules DRW Butler

A Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 Hercules over Darwin International Airport

Republic of Singapore Air Force

Flag of South Korea.svg South KoreaEdit

Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Introduced into service in January 1988.

Flag of South Vietnam.svg South VietnamEdit

Vietnam Air Force
  • Former operator. No longer in service

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri LankaEdit

Sri Lanka Air Force

Flag of Thailand.svg ThailandEdit

Royal Thai Air Force
  • 601 Squadron-6th Wing-Don Muang RTAFB Bangkok (12 Aircraft)

Flag of Turkey.svg TurkeyEdit

Turkey - Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules Bakema

Turkish Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules

Turkish Air Force
  • 222 Filo based at Erkilet (C-130B, C-130E)
  • 7 C-130E Hercules (to be upgraded)
  • 5 C-130B Hercules (With ELINT/SIGINT equipment)

All C-130 aircraft in Turkish service were to begin a 56 month upgrade by Turkish Aerospace Industries termed the Erciyes Program. Two are to be done directly at TAI while the remainder will be upgraded by the Air Force under TAI oversight. Primary aim of the upgrade is to improve the avionics with 17 new systems and five upgraded ones. Turkish content in both hardware and software has been increased to reduce long term costs.[13]

Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab EmiratesEdit

United Arab Emirates Air Force

Flag of Yemen.svg YemenEdit

Yemen Air Force


Flag of Austria.svg AustriaEdit

Austrian Air Force
  • Kommando Luftunterstützung, Lufttransportstaffel und Fliegertechnische Kompanie 130 Linz/Horsching (C-130K)

Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumEdit

Belgian Air Component
  • 15th wing – Brussels-Melsbroek (12 x C-130H operated from 1972)

Flag of Denmark DenmarkEdit

Royal Danish Air Force
  • 721 Eskadrille – Aalborg (4 C-130J-30)

Flag of France.svg FranceEdit

Lockheed C-130H Armée de l'Air Le Bourget

Lockheed C-130H30 Armée de l'Air at Paris Le Bourget IAP in August 2012.

French Air Force

Flag of Greece.svg GreeceEdit

Greek Air Force C-130H Hercules Lofting

Greek Air Force C-130H Hercules

Hellenic Air Force
  • 112 Pterix 356 Mira 'Iraklis' – Elefsis (10 C-130H and 5 ex US C-130B,all with upgraded avionics by Spar Aerospace)

Flag of Italy.svg ItalyEdit

Italian Air Force
  • 46 Brigata Aerea, 2 Gruppo – Pisa-San Giusto 12x C-130J (6x with KC-130J kit)
  • 46 Brigata Aerea, 50 Gruppo – Pisa-San Giusto 10x C-130J-30

Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsEdit


Royal Netherlands Air Force

Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • 336 Squadron – Eindhoven (2x C-130H, 2x C-130H-30)

Flag of Norway.svg NorwayEdit

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Flag of Poland.svg PolandEdit

Polish Air Force
  • 14 Eskadra Lotnictwa Transportowego, Powidz (5 ex-USAF C-130E Hercules overhauled and delivered to Poland in 2009–2012 as part of military aid, 3 more C-130E leased between 2009 and 2012 as interim solution, two of them are retired and given to Poland for spares, last one returned to USA).[14]

Flag of Portugal.svg PortugalEdit

Portuguese Air Force
  • 501 Esquadra BA6 Montijo (C-130H/H-30)

Flag of Romania.svg RomaniaEdit

Romanian Air Force

Flag of Spain.svg SpainEdit

Lockheed KC-130H Hercules (L-382)

Spanish Air Force KC-130H Hercules

Spanish Air Force
  • Esc 311 Zaragoza (C-130H/H-30)
  • Esc 312 Zaragoza (KC/C-130H)

Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenEdit

Swedish Air Force

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United KingdomEdit

Royal Air Force C-130K Hercules Lofting

Royal Air Force Hercules C.3

Royal Air Force
Met Office

North AmericaEdit

Flag of Canada.svg CanadaEdit

Canadian Forces Air Command/Royal Canadian Air Force

Flag of Mexico.svg MexicoEdit

C-130 MK1 FAM 2

Mexican Air Force C-130K

Mexican Air Force
  • 302 Air Squadron, Santa Lucía airbase, Estado de México (9 C-130A/E/H/K/L-100-30 + 2 C-130J-30)

United StatesEdit

United States Air Force
United States Air National Guard
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy

South AmericaEdit

Argentina Air Force KC-130H Hercules Lofting

Argentine KC-130H Hercules

Hércules C-130 pousando

Brazilian Air Force Hercules

Flag of Argentina.svg ArgentinaEdit

Argentine Air Force
  • 1st Air Brigade
    • 1st Air Transport Squadron – El Palomar Air Base (3x/5x C-130B/H, 2x KC-130H, L-100-30)

Flag of Bolivia.svg BoliviaEdit

Bolivian Air Force
  • Escuadrón de Transporte 710 with 2x C-130B and 1x C-130H
  • Fuerza de Tarea Diablos Negros with 3x C-130B
  • Transporte Aéreos Bolivianos with 1x RC-130A

Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilEdit

Brazilian Air Force
  • 1.Grupo de Transporte – Galeão (C-130E) 11x aircraft in service
  • 1.Grupo de Transporte de Tropas – Campo dos Afonsos 10x C-130H and 2x KC-130 in service
  • Called C-130M (Modernized by Derco) In Brazilian Service (Total: 5x C-130E/ 3x RC-130E/ 13x C-130H/ 2x KC-130)

In 2001 FAB obtained ten ex-Italian Air Force, (AMI) C-130H models, which were replaced in Italian AMI service by new C-130J's.[16]

Flag of Chile.svg ChileEdit

Chilean Air Force
  • Grupo de Aviación N°10 (2x C-130H, 3x C-130B)

Flag of Colombia.svg ColombiaEdit

Colombian Air Force

Flag of Ecuador.svg EcuadorEdit

Ecuadorian Air Force

Flag of Honduras (2008 Olympics).svg HondurasEdit

Honduras Air Force

Flag of Peru.svg PeruEdit

Peruvian Air Force

Flag of Uruguay.svg UruguayEdit

Uruguayan Air Force C-130B Hercules Lofting

Uruguayan C-130B Hercules

Uruguayan Air Force
  • Escuadrón Aéreo Nº3 (Nº3 Air Squadron) -2 C130B-[17]

Flag of Venezuela.svg VenezuelaEdit

Venezuelan Air Force


Lockheed C-130H Hercules (NZ7002) of No 40 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Hobart International Airport

A C-130H of the Royal New Zealand Air Force

Flag of Australia.svg AustraliaEdit

Royal Australian Air Force

Flag of New Zealand.svg New ZealandEdit

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Civilian operatorsEdit

Flag of Canada.svg CanadaEdit

First Air
  • 2 L-382 HerculesG for cargo operations in the Arctic; only civilian operator in Canada

Flag of Germany.png GermanyEdit

  • One aircraft operated – leased, based at Frankfurt Rhein-Main 1983

Flag of Ireland.svg IrelandEdit

Air Contractors
  • One aircraft operated – leased from Safair

Flag of South Africa.svg South AfricaEdit

  • Operated 9 L100-30

Flag of Switzerland.svg  SwitzerlandEdit

Zimex Aviation
  • 2 L100-30 operated for Red Cross

United StatesEdit

Lynden Air Cargo
  • 6 L-382 Hercules for cargo operations; largest civilian operator in the Americas.
Chery Aviation
  • 1 ex-Royal Australian Air Force C-130A A97-212 (now N131EC)
Neptune Aviation Services
  • AT-130 water tanker

See alsoEdit


  1. Accident description for Lockheed C-130H Hercules NAF911 Lagos at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. "Directory: World Air Forces". Flight International, 14–20 December 2010.
  3. IAF inducts the C-130J aircraft into its fleet
  4. "India to acquire six more C-130J aircraft – The Economic Times". The Times Of India. 2 October 2011. 
  5. "World Military Aircraft Inventory". 2012 Aerospace. Aviation Week and Space Technology, January 2012.
  6. Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Hercs - Lockheed press release, December 12, 2012
  7. "Boeing Team Delivers C-130H Aerial Refueling Tanker to Japan". Boeing Company. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  8. "C-130H added aerial refueling and reputation"(Japanese). Asagumo News. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  9. Sale Gives New Life to Excess C-130s -, March 7, 2013
  10. "Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For Four C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft For Qatar" Lockheed Martin Press release, 7 October 2008.
  11. Gary Parsons (21 September 2010). "Singapore gets first upgraded C-130". Key Publishing. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  12. Greg Waldron (12 November 2010). "Singapore's C-130 upgrade makes progress". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  13. "Turkey Taps TAI." Aviation Week & Space Technology. 11 December 2006.
  14. Lockheed C-130 Hercules w Wojsku Polskim.
  15. Marnix Sap, Carlo Brummer: Fortele Aeriene Romane in: Lotnictwo Nr. 4/2010, p.38 (Polish)
  17. Hercules-FAU
  18. Australian Department of Defence media release Royal Australian Air Force Squadrons Celebrate New Role. 17 November 2006.

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