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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

KC-390 or A400M could lift Swedish air force capability

A400MThe Swedish air force is likely to field a replacement for its aged Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transports at some point during the next decade, with potential candidates including the Embraer KC-390 and Airbus A400M.

Later this year, the air force will mark the 50th anniversary of its introduction of the Hercules, with its active fleet now including five transports and one KC-130H tanker.

Two other aircraft have already been retired and are in storage in the UK, and the service could in time decide to reduce its operational fleet to only four examples, says chief of staff Col Marcus Björkgren.

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