Lockheed Martin will deliver three new C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft to the Philippines in 2026. The Philippine Department of National Defense ordered the aircraft to support the air force’s tactical airlift missions across the Indo-Pacific.
Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s air mobility and maritime missions business, said Super Hercules will provide the Philippine Air Force with interoperability and capability to take on challenging missions in the region
The Southeast Asian country has been using various C-130 plane models since the 1970s for humanitarian, military and natural disaster relief missions.
“Philippine Air Force crews have long demonstrated what the C-130 is designed to do: go everywhere — in any condition — to deliver hope and help where it’s needed most,” McLean said.
Compared to legacy C-130 aircraft, Super Hercules has bigger cargo space and offers improved power and range. It also enables enhanced integration with allied nations, which also operate the new aircraft.
Lockheed Martin has already delivered 525 Super Hercules cargo planes to 26 operators in 22 countries.