The Bangladesh Air Force’s first C-130J Mk5 transport aircraft made its first flight on 2 August 2019 at Cambridge airport after being upgraded and overhauled by Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group (ADG).
The smartly painted drab green coloured C-130J (99-5479/ex-ZH881) is equipped with a MEDEVAC facility and seats for passenger transport if required besides its role as a military equipment and personnel transport aircraft.
The Bangladesh Air Force purchased 5 C-130J from the Royal Air Force. All aircraft are to be delivered by the end of 2020 with at least two to be ready for BAF service shortly.
The C-130J Mk5’s also received upgraded avionics as part of the refit program.
All except one Royal Air Force C-130J Mk5 (C5) have been sold to overseas military services including Bangladesh, USA and Bahrain.
The Bangladesh Air Force is seeking two more C-130J transport aircraft, which are to be sourced from the United Kingdom or another Western country when available.
At present the Bangladesh Air Force operates 4 C-130B transport aircraft, which were upgraded by Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC) before delivery. They are to be gradually phased out by the C-130J transport aircraft.