Norway's plans for the urgent procurement of four Lockheed Martin C-130J airlifters have taken a step forward with the US Department of Defense formally notifying Congress of the proposed $520 million sale.

The proposed deal is for four US Air Force-baseline stretched C-130J-30s, equipped with AAR-47 missile warning systems, ALR-56M radar warning receivers, ALE-47 countermeasures dispensers and ARC-210 radios.

Norway's parliament is expected to be notified of the intended acquisition within the next few weeks. Deliveries could begin as early as 2009.

Source: Flight International