South Korea has signed a production order for four C-130J-30 tactical transports, with Lockheed Martin to deliver the fleet from 2014.

"Because it is a legacy C-130 operator, the Republic of Korea Air Force is able to take advantage of common spares and support equipment and reach full operational capability as soon as possible," says Jim Grant, Lockheed's vice president for air mobility and special operations forces programmes.

Seoul already flies 12 H-model Hercules transports, as listed in Flightglobal's MiliCAS database.

Lockheed says the new sale takes its total orders to date for the C-130J to 300 aircraft with 15 nations. It has delivered 206 of these so far.

Source: Flight International