Iraq has accepted the first of its Lockheed Martin-made Super Hercules airlifters out of six total it will receive, the company announced Thursday.
Two more C-130J planes are on their way to the country and three more are scheduled for delivery in 2013.
“Fifteen countries have already selected the C-130J Super Hercules to meet their airlift requirements“, said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin's vice president and general manager for C-130 programs.
The Iraqi air force will use the airlifters for intra-theater support to troops and for provide humanitarian relief operations.
Norway asked in June to buy two of the planes from the U.S. in a potential $300 million foreign military sales agreement.