WASHINGTON Nov 10 Lockheed Martin Corp
has been awarded a contract worth nearly $969 million to build
17 C-130J military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said on
The work is expected to be completed by April 2020, the
Department of Defense said in its daily digest of major contract
Last month, Lockheed announced that it had reached a verbal
agreement with the U.S. Air Force for a five-year contract to
build up to 83 C-130 J Super Hercules transport planes for the
Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps through 2020.
Lockheed has sold C-130J transport planes to 16 countries,
and 330 of the turboprop planes have been delivered or are
currently on order.
The planes, which are able to touch down on austere landing
zones - essentially makeshift runways - are often used for
humanitarian relief missions, special operations, aerial
refueling, close air support, and search and rescue.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Bill Rigby)