No doubting the politics in Germany's A400M saga.
But, new version of a wonderful aircraft the C-130J may be, it cannot carry many critical items of military equipment.
C-130J would be a quantum leap from the C-160's, but if the Rapid Reaction Force is to be taken seriously, they need an airlifter with a better capacity than C-130J.
That's why the RAF were so keen to lease some C-17's, despite getting some C-130Js.
They are the only European airforce with any kind of seemingly permanment, increasing commitments outside the NATO area.
(Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Falkland Islands, Sierra Leone on operations, lots of other places for exercises).
If A400M falls down, expect more RAF C-17's, a total of 12 being bought has been mentioned, and more C-130Js, maybe another 25.
They may get 2 more on lease anyway.