Bangladesh orders more surplus ex-RAF C-130J Super Hercules

A RAF C-130J Super Hercules C5, similar to what the BAF will be acquiring. Photo c/o Royal Air Force.

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) will be receiving additional surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, on top of the two units it ordered earlier from the UK's Ministry of Defence.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Marshall ADG) will undertake the support contract for the former Royal Air Force aircraft, which are designated as the "short bodied" C5 in RAF service, and are being replaced by the "extended body" variant of the Super Hercules called the C4.

The arrival of new transport aircraft would allow the BAF to improve its overall airlift and logistics capability, while allowing the BAF to retire older C-130B Hercules it acquired second hand from the US in 2004 and is expected to become the most capable airlift asset of the BAF.

Marshall ADG will also modify these Super Hercules to allow medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) to allow support of UN peacekeeping missions.




[1] Jane's Defence Weekly
[2] Marshall ADG

Bangladesh orders more surplus ex-RAF C-130J Super Hercules Bangladesh orders more surplus ex-RAF C-130J Super Hercules Reviewed by Asia Pacific Defense Journal on June 21, 2019 Rating: 5

1 comment