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S. Korea upgrades C-130s for special forces

All Headlines 16:36 March 30, 2017

SEOUL, March 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's arms procurement agency confirmed Thursday it is upgrading C-130 Hercules transport planes for use by the country's special forces.

The first C-130 with enhanced capabilities was delivered to the Air Force after a successful test late last year, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

"The second one is waiting for a performance test in the latter half of this year, with the third and fourth ones expected to be handed over by the first half of next year," DAPA spokesman Kim Si-cheol told reporters.

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The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It is the main tactical airlifter for South Korean troops.

The upgraded version is designed to support the nation's special forces.

The project has been slow going, however, due to a "complicated" issue, he said.

It has been protracted because DAPA has made a separate effort to acquire technology for avoiding heat-seeking missiles among various state-of-the-art devices, Kim added.

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