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Lockheed Awarded C-130J Modifications Under $5B Air Force Contract

LM MC-130J Commando IILockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has secured two separate contract modifications from the U.S. Air Force to build C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

The Defense Department said Wednesday Lockheed will produce 32 C-130J military transport planes in various configurations under a potential five-year, $1.1 billion contract.

The definitization contract modification is part of a potential $5.3 billion multiyear II contract that covers the production of 30 MC-130J, 29 C-130J-30 and 13 HC-130J for the Air Force and six KC-130J for the U.S. Marine Corps, Lockheed said Thursday.

Work under this contract will occur in Marietta, Georgia, through April 30, 2020, according to DoD.

Lockheed will also build 11 C-130J planes in different configurations under a separate contract modification worth approximately $62 million, DoD reported.

James Drew also reports on Flight Global that Congress will use defense budgets for fiscal 2013 and 2014 to fund this contract, which includes three HC-130J, three KC-130J, two MC-130J, one C-130J-30 and two U.S. Coast Guard HC-130J.

The contractor is scheduled to complete work on this contract through Jan. 31, 2018.

Lockheed and its partners also received a $545 million contract from the U.K. defense ministry to provide operational support for that country’s fleet of C-130J.

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