Saudi Air Force C-130 Fleet Still Going Strong

RSS

The Royal Saudi Air Force operates the largest fleet outside of the USA of legacy C-130s (pre-C-130J models) and they continue to operate very regular flights to Europe and the US, with the UK being a particularly common destination. According to Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database, the RSAF operates 40 C-130H's including 7 tankers. Modernization is happening, albeit slowly. In late 2010, 6 older E models were sold to Turkey, and then at the end of 2012 there was a Notification to Congress of the possible sale of 25 C-130J's, including 5 tankers. To date this has not been confirmed as a firm order, but it is expected to happen in the next couple of years.

Pictured below is a C-130H of 4 Sqn at Milan's Linate Airport in March 2013.

Photo: Nigel Howarth

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week's defense blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

 

Jan 31, 2016
blog

Tupolev 104: Harsh Proof Of Rapid Soviet Progress (1956) 18

Since little detail was available of the Russian design and built Tupolev 104, a profile was compiled for Aviation Week, based entirely on observations from photographs, experts such as engineers knowledgeable in typical Russian aircraft design and of its landing at London Airport....More
Jan 28, 2016
blog

A Near View Of French Aviators (1917) 2

Some of the largest battles of the First World War were taking place in France when Aviation Week was first published....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×