30 August 2016
The arrival of these aircraft at St. Athan brought to an end 46 years of RAF C-130K service. The numbers of C-130Ks in RAF service had slowly dwindled since 2000, with some early disposals to Lockheed Martin in part exchange for new C-130Js.
The stored aircraft had been modified for a range of special operations with provision for an array of defensive aids, sensor systems and Enhanced Vision Systems. Whether these modified airframes are viable for a future operator, or whether they are subsequently parted-out for spares use, will determine the scope of work involved in their final disposal.