The Franco-German transport squadron established for the joint operation of C130-J transport aircraft in Évreux-Fauville, France will receive simulators from CAE in order to train flight crews and loaders.
In early January 2021, CAE reported that the prime contractor for the C-130J, Lockheed Martin, had awarded the Canadian company a contract to design, develop and manufacture a suite of C-130J training devices. The simulator suite consists of a C-130J full-mission simulator that can be reconfigured between the C-130J-30 air-lifter and the KC-130J tanker variants. There will also be a C-130J fuselage trainer to train loadmasters. Lockheed Martin has overall responsibility for the delivery of the training equipment, learning management system, courseware and options for five years of training services. The simulators will be delivered in 2023, ahead of the planned opening of the new training facility where French and German aircrew and maintenance personnel will be trained from 2024.
The binational C-130J squadron consists of a total of ten SUPER HERCULES aircraft, broken down as five each of C-130J-30 air-lifters and KC-130J tankers. France and Germany operate the fleet under a unique partnership where the countries share aircraft used for aerial refuelling, airdrop cargo and other cargo missions.