Argentina has taken delivery of an additional C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft it leased from the US.
The delivery increased the number of operational C-130s in Buenos Aires to five.
As part of the lease agreement, the Argentine Air Force will take possession of the aircraft for 11 months.
It also includes an option for the South American nation to procure the C-130 after the lease expires.
According to the US Embassy in Argentina, US Air National Guard personnel will stay in Buenos Aires for 10 days to train additional crews.
“Our partnership with Argentina continues to grow as we provide modernized capabilities and train together, strengthening Argentina and contributing to our strategic goals,” Georgia Air National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Konata Crumbly said.
“The Air National Guard is able to take part in this mission because of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) and our experience with the C-130H.”
Enhancing the Allies’ Ability
Developed by Lockheed Martin, the C-130 Hercules is the primary heavy-lift transport aircraft of the US Air Force.
It carries cargo, including utility helicopters, armored vehicles, and military personnel.
As an aerial delivery platform, the aircraft can airdrop loads up to 42,000 pounds (19,050 kilograms) and use its high-flotation landing gear to land on rough dirt strips.
In Argentina, the C-130’s primary role will be to carry out disaster relief efforts and support operations in Antarctica.
“Through Total Force Integration through SPP, we are able to help partners improve and assist in developing common operating principles which enhance the ability of aligned military forces to operate effectively together,” Air Force Col. Scott Humphrey explained.