Sunday, October 3, 2010

Canada’s new C-130J Hercules aircraft to land in Afghanistan before year’s end

After nearly half a century, the Canadian Forces’ vintage C-130 Hercules fleet of is about to get a dramatic upgrade.The first of 17 stretched C-130J models of Hercules aircraft the Harper government ordered nearly three years ago at a cost of $1.4 billion is to begin flying combat support missions in war-torn southern Afghanistan by the end of the year, several months earlier than originally planned.The new Hercules, which can fly faster and further and carry about 25 per cent more cargo than the aircraft it is replacing, may also be a boon to recruiters trying to attract the computer generation, said McCullins.

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