The British Defense Ministry is reconsidering a decision to ax its C-130K Hercules fleet in 2012, and instead may pursue a life extension for some aircraft, in part to meet special forces needs. The alternative is to earmark some of its C-130Js for the role. The ministry's plan is presently to withdraw all of its remaining C-130K aircraft from service in 2012. There are 25 C-130K aircraft in the fleet; the type first entered service with the Royal Air Force in the mid-1960s. Eleven ...

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