The U.S. Government delivered a C-130E Hercules military transport aircraft to the Ethiopian Air Force during a ceremony in Addis Ababa on June 7, 2018.
U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Raynor, participated in a ceremony to deliver the aircraft on behalf of the U.S. Government to Ethiopian Air Force Head, General Adem Mohammed.
This is the second aircraft donated by the U.S. Government to assist in airlift and transportation duties for the Ethiopian forces currently battling the deadly Somalian terrorist group, al-Shabbab. The first C-130E arrived in Ethiopia in 2014 and was integrated with the air component of African Union (AU) Mission.
The new C-130 will further enhance Ethiopia’s capacity to play a vital role in regional peacekeeping missions, enabling Ethiopia to move humanitarian supplies where they are needed in a timely manner and protect the lives of civilians in conflict areas.
“This aircraft represents a deep bond between our two countries, and our shared pledge to play constructive leadership roles on the world stage.” said Raynor. “The U.S. commitment to this partnership is stronger than ever, and I look forward to building upon it in the days ahead.”
Brigadier General Deiter Bareihs, director of plans, programs and analysis, U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa also took part in the ceremony along with other representatives from the U.S. Armed Forces.
“We are excited to deliver this C-130 at a time of such great optimism,” said Bareihs.”This handover pays homage to our long-valued friendship and lays the foundation for new possibilities for cooperation and interoperability.”
C-130E is an extended-range development of the older C-130B Hercules, with two underwing fuel tanks, and increased range and endurance.