Turkey gets approval to buy six C-130Es from Saudi

The United States has approved the sale to Turkey by Saudi Arabia of six U.S.-made C-130E military cargo planes, senior Turkish and U.S. officials said late Monday.

One procurement official told the Hürriyet Daily News that the C-130 planes were being purchased at a very reasonable price, but declined to specify a figure. An industry source suggested the unit price was less than $10 million.

The permission of the United States, the original manufacturer of the cargo planes, was needed. “We weren’t expecting any major problems on this, and everything worked out well. We’re happy about this,” the procurement official said.

The planes are expected to arrive in Turkey later this year. The Turkish Air Force already is flying the older C-130B and C-130E models of the C-130 family, acquired from the United States decades ago.

The C-130E is an extended-range development of the C-130B, with two underwing fuel tanks and increased range and endurance capabilities.The primary mission of the airplane is to provide rapid tactical airlift and airdrop of cargo and troops. The basic crew includes a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer, loadmaster and a crew chief. Its’ normal cruising speed is approximately 300 miles per hour at altitudes from 1,000 to 30,000 feet.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com, globalsecurity.org


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