Monday, July 1, 2013

Air Force Acquires Two C-130 Hercules

The Air Force is getting a couple more C-130 Hercules transport planes, adding to its current fleet of two C-130H and one C-130B. FACh Gen. Jorge Rojas revealed the acquisition in an interview with La Tercera that covered a range of topics. However, he did not say the model or origin of the new Hercules. Gen. Rojas also said there are no immediate plans to acquire additional weapons systems. He also complained that in the past five or six years, many specialists such as hydraulics mechanics have left for jobs in the mining industry, causing a 27% reduction in specialized workers from 2011 to 2012. (The Army also is losing a lot of specialized personnel to mining companies.) For years, FACh has been losing pilots to high-paying airline jobs. That's a trend that started in the mid-1980s with a boom in aviation in Chile. But Gen. Rojas said the exodus has slowed, and having advanced warplanes has motivated pilots to continue their air force careers.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i hope they are still planing on getting those six Embraer KC-390 do you guys think that they wont now?

Juan Carlos Arancibia said...

The same though occurred to me. I think they'll still go ahead with the KC-390 deal because it would mean some business for Enaer. Besides, the first three C-130s are pretty old.

Anonymous said...

true and the KC-390 has jet engines
witch are not that forgiving to dust and birds. so i think it would be good to have some turboprop C-130s as well .and new airplanes models have a lot of problems like glitches n recalls like the 787 dream liner and others.
that's why i was sad the mi 17 helicopter deal did not happened even tho i am not a big fan of Russian made equipment. the mi 17 are great on hot desert places like the Atacama. even the U.S military has some mi 17s.tho i do love those AS 532 Cougars.and thank you for the blogs they are great.

Juan Carlos Arancibia said...

Thanks, and I think what could happen is that the army will buy smaller tactical transports, like the C-37J Spartan, and the air force will operate the larger transports.