France, Germany Lay Foundation Stone for Joint C‑130J Tactical Transport Squadron

 In Europe, Defense, EMEA, Air, Germany, France, P5

Germany and France have laid the foun­da­tion stone for the joint Franco-German tac­ti­cal trans­port squadron which will oper­ate a fleet of ten C‑130J Super Hercules tac­ti­cal air­lifters.

The foun­da­tion stone was laid at Évreux-Fauville Air Base (Base aéri­enne 105 Évreux or BA 105) in north­ern France on Thursday, September 17. The cer­e­mo­ny was attend­ed by French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and her German coun­ter­part, Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

“The birth of this squadron embod­ies the Europe of defense, in the most beau­ti­ful and con­crete way,” said Minister Florence Parly.

“The estab­lish­ment of the joint air trans­port squadron is a major mile­stone in the German-French coop­er­a­tion. We are thus set­ting an exam­ple in European coop­er­a­tion,” said Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The new joint unit will com­ple­ment the air trans­port capa­bil­i­ties offered by the Airbus A400M Atlas air­lifter in car­ry­ing out the entire field of oper­a­tional tac­ti­cal trans­port mis­sions of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the French Air and Space Force (Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace Française).

Following on from the 2016 dec­la­ra­tion of intent between the two coun­tries, this project is part of an ambi­tious sched­ule aiming at oper­a­tional capac­i­ty from 2021. From 2023, a joint train­ing center will com­plete the system, thus ensur­ing squadron its full auton­o­my.

French Air Force cur­rent­ly oper­ates four C‑130J Super Hercules models (2 KC-130J tankers and 2 stretched C-130J-30 combat airlifters), along with 14 of the older C‑130H Hercules models (includ­ing 7 stretched C‑130H-30s). German Air Force will acquire three C‑130J-30s and three KC-130Js with deliv­ery planned from 2020 – 2021.

These ten C‑130Js (six German and four French) will form the joint squadron. The joint squadron will have 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 air­craft fleet will be flown and main­tained by 130 French airmen and 130 German airmen.

The new C‑130J/KC-130Js will be used to con­duct air­lift, air refu­el­ing, and air drop mis­sions as part of the allied squadron. The KC-130Js will pro­vide cru­cial air refu­el­ing capa­bil­i­ty to German and French fight­er and light trans­port air­craft, as well as heli­copters.

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First C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter of France’s Armée de l’Air (ALA, French Air Force). Lockheed Martin Photo.

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First C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter of France’s Armée de l’Air (ALA, French Air Force). Lockheed Martin Photo.
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– Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Marietta, Ga. Lockheed Martin Photography by David Key
MP19-0983 C-130J 5890 Flight Documentation
November 26, 2019

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French Air Force KC-130J Super Hercules tanker. Lockheed Martin Photo.

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