Denel and Marshall Aero-space of the UK are teaming to upgrade South African Air Force (SAAF) Lockheed C-130 Hercules airlifters, including five aircraft being provided to the SAAF by the US Department of Defense. The first two US aircraft are ex-US Navy C-130Fs; the other three are ex-USAF C-130Bs. The SAAF already operates seven C-130Bs. The "mid-life update" will be carried out on the 12 Hercules between 1997 and 2002. The aim of the update is to extend their lives by 20 years. The air force has, however, scrapped plans to reintroduce nine C-160Z Transalls into service.

Source: Flight International