US Navy To Field C-130J-30 In Nuclear Communications Role
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December 31, 2020 - by Gareth Jennings for www.janes.com
The US Navy (USN) looks set to field the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules in the Take Charge And Move Out (TACAMO) survivable nuclear communications role, with a solicitation for fatigue test aircraft issued on 18 December.
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) posted on the beta.sam.gov government procurement website that it is to award the aircraft manufacturer a contract for three 'stretched' Hercules airlifters in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 for testing and analysis for the TACAMO mission.
"The Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) results indicated that the four-engine, militarised C-130J-30 is optimally configured aircraft for performing the TACAMO mission," NAVAIR said. "The characteristics of this airframe also maximise the...
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