C-130J Hercules

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Product Type:

Tactical Airlift Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF)

Program Status:

In production (C-130J & C-130J-30)

Prime Contractors:

Lockheed Martin Corp.

The C-130J Hercules

About the C-130J:

The Lockheed Martin C–130 Hercules is an advanced tactical airlifter. The C-130J is the latest addition to the C-130 fleet and will replace aging C-130Es. The C-130J-30 (aka CC-130J) is a stretch version of the C-130J, adding 15 feet (4.6 meters) to the fuselage, thus increasing usable space in the cargo compartment. The C-130J/C-130J-30 is powered by four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines rated at 4,591 shp each. The older C-130E/H Hercules are powered by four Rolls-Royce Allison T56 turboprops.

Using its aft loading ramp and door, the C-130J can accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargo and military personnel. In an aerial delivery role, it can airdrop loads of up to 42,000 pounds (19,050 kg) or use its high-flotation landing gear to land and deliver cargo on austere, rough, dirt/grass airstrips. The C-130J carries up to six 463L standard pallets or 74 litters or 16 Container Delivery System (CDS) bundles or 92 combat troops or 64 paratroopers, or a combination of any of these up to the cargo compartment capacity or maximum allowable weight. The C-130J-30 carries up to eight 463L pallets or 97 litters or 24 CDS bundles or 128 combat troops or 92 paratroopers.

The flexible design of the Hercules enables it to be configured for many different missions, allowing for one aircraft to perform the role of many. Much of the special mission equipment added to the Hercules is removable, allowing the aircraft to revert back to its cargo delivery role if desired. Additionally, the C-130 can be rapidly reconfigured for the various types of cargo such as palletized equipment, floor-loaded material, airdrop platforms, container delivery system bundles, vehicles and personnel or aeromedical evacuation.

The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology to reduce manpower requirements, reduce operating and support costs, and provides significant life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models. The C-130J climbs faster and higher, has greater range, flies at a higher cruise speed, and has a shorter take-off and landing roll.

Major system improvements on the C-130J and C-130J-30 include an advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics; fully populated Combat Systems Operator (CSO) and auxiliary flight deck stations; 13-color multifunctional liquid crystal displays; head-up displays (HUD); fully integrated navigation systems with dual inertial navigation system and global positioning system (INS/GPS from Honeywell); integrated defensive systems; Northrop Grumman AN/APN-241 weather/navigation radar; digital moving map display; Dowty R391 six-bladed all-composite propellers; digital auto pilot; improved fuel, environmental and ice-protection systems; enhanced cargo-handling system. Countermeasures include the BAE Systems AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser, the Orbital ATK AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System (MWS), the Lockheed Martin AN/ALQ-157 Infrared Countermeasures System, and the Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system.

The C-130J/C-130J-30 has a crew of three (two pilots and one loadmaster) compared to the C-130E/H with five crew members (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster).

The C-130J Hercules first flew on April 5, 1996 and entered the Air Force inventory in February 1999. In February 2012, Lockheed Martin announced the delivery of the 250th C-130J. Aircraft #300 was delivered in December 2013 (these figures include all "J" Variants: C-/AC-/EC-/HC-/KC-/MC-130J). Production of the C‑130J now exceeds total production of the C-130B (230 aircraft built) and the C-130A (231 aircraft built). Lockheed Martin also offers a commercial/civil variant of the C-130J called the LM-100J.



C-130J Production Forecast:

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The C-130J is the newest generation of the C-130 Hercules and primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from austere, rough, dirt airstrips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with the Air Mobility Command, the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), theater commands, the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), fulfilling a wide range of operational missions.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - C-130J DoD Program:

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Lockheed Martin Corp.,
Northrop Grumman, and Rolls-Royce plc.

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