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Military operators of the C-130:

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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.

Africa[edit | edit source]

 Algeria[edit | edit source]

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.

 Angola[edit | edit source]

Angolan Air Force

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

 Botswana[edit | edit source]

Botswana Air Force

 Cameroon[edit | edit source]

Cameroon Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1989.

Cameroon Air Force

 Chad[edit | edit source]

Chad Air Force

 Egypt[edit | edit source]

Egyptian Air Force

Egyptian Air Force

 Ethiopia[edit | edit source]

Ethiopian Air Force

 Gabon[edit | edit source]

Gabon Air Force

 Libya[edit | edit source]

Libyan Air Force
Free Libyan Air Force

 Morocco[edit | edit source]

RMAF's Lockheed C-130H Hercules

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

 Niger[edit | edit source]

 Nigeria[edit | edit source]

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]

 South Africa[edit | edit source]

A SAAF C-130 in 2011

South African Air Force

 Sudan[edit | edit source]

Sudanese Air Force

 Tunisia[edit | edit source]

Tunisian Air Force

 Zambia[edit | edit source]

Asia[edit | edit source]

 Bangladesh[edit | edit source]

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

 Republic of China[edit | edit source]

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

 India[edit | edit source]

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]

 Indonesia[edit | edit source]

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

 Iran[edit | edit source]

An Iranian C-130 Hercules in 2010

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

 Iraq[edit | edit source]

Iraqi Air Force

 Israel[edit | edit source]

Israeli C-130 Hercules

Israeli Air Force

 Japan[edit | edit source]

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]

 Jordan[edit | edit source]

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.)

 Kuwait[edit | edit source]

Kuwait Air Force

 Malaysia[edit | edit source]

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

 Oman[edit | edit source]

Royal Air Force of Oman C-130H

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

 Pakistan[edit | edit source]

Pakistan Air Force

 Philippines[edit | edit source]

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)

 Qatar[edit | edit source]

Qatar Emiri Air Force

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

 Saudi Arabia[edit | edit source]

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

 Singapore[edit | edit source]

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

Republic of Singapore Air Force

 South Korea[edit | edit source]

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

 South Vietnam[edit | edit source]

Vietnam Air Force
  • Former operator. No longer in service

 Sri Lanka[edit | edit source]

Sri Lanka Air Force

 Thailand[edit | edit source]

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

 Turkey[edit | edit source]

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]

 United Arab Emirates[edit | edit source]

United Arab Emirates Air Force

 Yemen[edit | edit source]

Yemen Air Force

Europe[edit | edit source]

 Austria[edit | edit source]

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

 Belgium[edit | edit source]

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

Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark[edit | edit source]

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

 France[edit | edit source]

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

French Air Force

 Greece[edit | edit source]

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)

 Italy[edit | edit source]

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

 Netherlands[edit | edit source]

Royal Netherlands Air Force

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

 Norway[edit | edit source]

Royal Norwegian Air Force

 Poland[edit | edit source]

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]

 Portugal[edit | edit source]

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

 Romania[edit | edit source]

Romanian Air Force

 Spain[edit | edit source]

Spanish Air Force KC-130H Hercules

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

 Sweden[edit | edit source]

Swedish Air Force

 United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Royal Air Force Hercules C.3

Royal Air Force
Met Office

North America[edit | edit source]

 Canada[edit | edit source]

Canadian Forces Air Command/Royal Canadian Air Force

 Mexico[edit | edit source]

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 States[edit | edit source]

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

South America[edit | edit source]

Argentine KC-130H Hercules

Brazilian Air Force Hercules

 Argentina[edit | edit source]

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)

 Bolivia[edit | edit source]

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

 Brazil[edit | edit source]

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]

 Chile[edit | edit source]

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

 Colombia[edit | edit source]

Colombian Air Force

 Ecuador[edit | edit source]

Ecuadorian Air Force

 Honduras[edit | edit source]

Honduras Air Force

 Peru[edit | edit source]

Peruvian Air Force

 Uruguay[edit | edit source]

Uruguayan C-130B Hercules

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

 Venezuela[edit | edit source]

Venezuelan Air Force

Oceania[edit | edit source]

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

 Australia[edit | edit source]

Royal Australian Air Force

 New Zealand[edit | edit source]

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Civilian operators[edit | edit source]

 Canada[edit | edit source]

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

 Germany[edit | edit source]

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

 Ireland[edit | edit source]

Air Contractors
  • One aircraft operated – leased from Safair

 South Africa[edit | edit source]

  • Operated 9 L100-30

  Switzerland[edit | edit source]

Zimex Aviation
  • 2 L100-30 operated for Red Cross

United States[edit | edit source]

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 also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/india-to-acquire-six-more-c-130j-aircraft/articleshow/10207171.cms. 
  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. http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1171. 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 - NAVAIR.Navy.mil, 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. http://www.key.aero/view_news.asp?ID=2529&thisSection=military. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  12. Greg Waldron (12 November 2010). "Singapore's C-130 upgrade makes progress". FlightGlobal.com. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/11/12/349670/singapores-c-130-upgrade-makes-progress.html. 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)
  16. http://www.acig.info/CMS/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=84
  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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