The second C-130J Hercules aircraft arrived in Bangladesh

DHAKA, (BM) – According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) public relations service of Bangladesh, the second modernized BTA C-130J Hercules plane, acquired from the British Air Force, landed at Bangabandhu Air Force Base in Dhaka, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing TsAMTO.

On a flight from the UK, a plane made intermediate landings in Cairo (Egypt) and Muscat (Oman) and evacuated a group of Bangladeshi citizens who were detained in Cairo due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As TsAMTO reported, the sale of the Bangladesh Air Force’s C-130J C5 Hercules aircraft from the British Air Force as part of an intergovernmental agreement became known from two reports of the signing of contracts for their modernization and maintenance with the British Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group.

An agreement to supply and support the first pair of C-130J aircraft from the British Air Force was signed with the Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group on May 10, 2018 in Dhaka. On June 20, 2019, the Bangladeshi Air Force Command entered into a contract with Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group to service additional C-130J aircraft. In total, 5 aircraft were purchased from the British Air Force for the Bangladesh Air Force. The company also carries out Hercules modifications, including the design, development, and conversion to a MEDEVAC medical evacuation configuration to enable participation in operations within the country and abroad, including as part of UN missions.

The first aircraft destined for the Bangladesh Air Force was rolled out at the Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group in Cambridge in mid-July 2019. This C-130J C5 arrived in Dhaka on August 25, 2019.

The purchased aircraft will be used to transport troops and equipment, both domestically and abroad, as well as medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and support for UN peacekeeping missions. The purchase of the C-130J will allow the Bangladesh Air Force to withdraw from service 4 C-130B aircraft delivered since 2001 (purchased from the US Armed Forces).

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