Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of two airlifters to Tunisia under a contract signed in 2010, which also includes training and a three years of logistics support.
The company delivered the C-130J Super Hercules to the country Thursday, marking the first time the company has delivered the airlifter to a country in Africa, Lockheed said Thursday.
Tunisia plans to use the airlifters to support humanitarian relief missions, fight fires and fly airlift sorties.
“Fifteen countries have already selected the C-130J to meet their airlift requirements,” said George Shultz, Lockheed vice president and general manager of C-130 programs.
Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Republic of Korea, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the U.S. have also ordered or are currently operating the Super Hercules.
Tunisia’s air force purchased a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs in the mid-1980s.