I thought that the C130Js were going through airframe life like it was going out of fashion,and that they would be completely replaced by the Atlas Fleet.
How would the costs of
a/ overhauling 8 airframes and parting the best of the rest. The there is the whole system integration of Nimrod Radar, ESW/ESM optics MAD Suite etc. All on airframes that even with overhaul might not last that long in a maritime environment.
Compared to for example
b/ 8-10 New Build C295M with off the shelf mission capabilities that is already flying and continues to win orders. OK there will be some UK systems integration as well, but this aircraft is already cleared on a number of weapons systems as well.
As much as I can see why Lockheed are flogging such a variation, at this moment in time I think that it is overkill for the current requirement.