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    Kuwait orders KC-130J tankers from Lockheed

    By Craig Hoyle

    Lockheed Martin has secured its first export customer for the KC-130J tanker, with Kuwait having signed a $245 million deal to acquire three of the type.

    Announcing details of the Foreign Military Sales contract on 27 May, the company said its new customer will receive its first aircraft in late 2013, with deliveries to conclude the following year. The Kuwaiti deal has been placed via the US Navy.

    “The Kuwait air force's new KC-130Js will provide aerial refuelling for its [Boeing] F-18 fleet, and augment its current airlift fleet of three Lockheed Martin L-100s,” the manufacturer says. The nation has 35 F/A-18C/Ds, as listed in Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency last July notified Congress of a possible $1.8 billion sale of eight KC-130Js plus associated equipment to Kuwait.
    “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”