I note that the fleet will be offered for sale sometime between now and 2025, I wonder if it would be worthwhile for the RNZAF to consider purchasing a couple of airframes to add to the new builds on order.
I believe this was looked at but the RAF C130J airframes were in a worse state than our much more "senior" C130H. Best option would be to get one at a basement price for use in Woodbourne as an airframe instruction aircraft! Not sure even the spare parts would be much use!
I wonder if it might be an opportunity for the RNZAF to try to recruit experienced C130 operators for the C130J from the RAF in both aircrew and ground crew ranks?? I saw this YT interview the other day and the guy was pretty gutted, but sounds like he has valuable experience. An opportunity if we needed to take it.