Daines Lauds Delivery Date for New C-130J Fleet to Malmstrom

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today that the 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls will start to receive the new C-130J model Super Hercules cargo aircraft in 2026. The announcement follows years of Daines advocating for Montana to serve as the home to one of the military’s newest aircraft. Daines paid special tribute to the leadership of Governor Greg Gianforte and Major General J. Peter Hronek, Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard for playing a critical role in the decision.

“This is great news for Malmstrom, Great Falls and all of Montana,” said Daines. “The new C-130s will be right at home in Montana and were it not for the leadership of Governor Gianforte, Maj. Gen Hronek and his entire team, this would not have been possible. Our airmen and facilities are second to none in the country so I cannot think of a better place for this new and improved version of the C-130.”