BAF is procuring two C-130J mk5 from the British Royal Air Force ( RAF ). It will be the biggest aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force with a weight of 34.5 ton.It will arrive Bangladesh in the second half of next year,most probably in August.If everything goes well,it can arrive in Bangladesh even earlier.
The C-130J is the newest version of the C-130 Hercules.With a payload of about 20 ton,it has the capacity to carry 92 passengers or 64 airborne troops and is able to carry 1-2 small vehicle.It can fly up to 8615 km ( while being fully loaded ) with a operational range of about 3346 km. Two pilots and one loadmaster are minimum crew number needed to operate a C-130J.
The C-130J mk5 Bangladesh is buying is not tottaly new but not so old also. It’s only 6 year old,can be said it’s almost new.Surely this transport aircraft will increase the transport capability of Bangladesh Air Force.