Lockheed Martin Adds C-130 Authorized Service Center to Global Network

KAYSERI, TURKEY -- Lockheed Martin announces the addition of the Turkish Air Force Second Air Supply and Maintenance Center to the company's global network of authorized C-130 service centers.

The Second Air Supply and Maintenance Center is among 14 other military C-130 service centers located throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia to receive this designation.

"Our collaboration with the Turkish Air Force to open an authorized C-130 regional service center will provide Hercules operators in the region with the latest technical data to keep aircraft operationally effective," says Chris Antone, vice president of Global Sustainment Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "These partnerships and collaborations are necessities to many organizations around the world who operate Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft."

The C-130 Hercules has been in operational use with military forces around the world for more than 50 years. Approximately 1,700 C-130B-H model aircraft and close to 100 L-100 commercial variants are still in operation. The owners and operators of these aircraft understand that designation as an authorized Lockheed Martin Hercules Service Center ensures they will receive the finest C-130 support to be found anywhere.

The initial commitment to Kayseri will span a period of 10 years, and represents the outcome of a successful partnership and collaboration between the Turkish Air Force, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries and Lockheed Martin through the F-16 Peace Onyx III Offset Program. By maintaining the outstanding capabilities and processes already there, Kayseri can continue to service and support C-130 customers well into the future.

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