Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules

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The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations. The Hercules has outlived several planned successor designs, most notably the Advanced Medium STOL Transport contestants. Fifteen nations have placed orders for a total of 378 C-130Js/C-130J-30s, of which 250 aircraft have been delivered as of February 2012.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • C-130J Super Hercules: Tactical airlifter
  • C-130J-30: Lockheed Martin designation for its 15 ft (4.6 m) extended fuselage variant; designated CC-130J by USAF for a short time after 2002.
  • C-130J-SOF: Variant outfitted with extended ISR equipment for use with special forces. Unveiled in June 2017.
  • CC-130J: Royal Canadian Air Force designation for the C-130J-30 Super Hercules.
  • EC-130J Commander Solo III: Variant for the Air Force Special Operations Command, operated by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
  • HC-130J Combat King II: Long range patrol and air-sea rescue variant for the United States Coast Guard. USAF HC-130J version has changes for in-flight refueling.
  • KC-130J: Aerial refueling tanker and tactical airlifter version for United States Marine Corps.
  • MC-130J Commando II: Designed for Air Force Special Operations Command. Originally named Combat Shadow II.
  • MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability: A twin-float amphibious modification to allow the aircraft to support operations at sea and in near-shore areas.
  • WC-130J: Weather reconnaissance ("Hurricane Hunter") version for the Air Force Reserve Command.
  • Hercules C4: Royal Air Force designation for the C-130J-30.
  • Hercules C5: Royal Air Force designation for the C-130J.
  • LM-100J: A civilian version of the C-130J-30.
  • SC-130J Sea Hercules: Proposed maritime patrol version of the C-130J, designed for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Afghanistan
    • Afghan Air Force x 6
  • Algeria
    • Algerian Air Force x 8
  • Australia
    • Royal Australian Air Force x 12 - 24 new build C-130J-30 on order
  • Bahrain
    • Royal Bahrain Air Force x 2
  • Bangladesh
    • Bangladesh Air Force x 2
  • Brunei
    • Royal Brunei Air Force x 2
  • Canada
    • Royal Canadian Air Force x 18
  • Denmark
    • Royal Danish Air Force x 4
  • Egypt
    • Egyptian Air Force x 2
  • France
    • French Air Force x 4
  • Germany
    • Luftwaffe x 6
  • India
    • Indian Air Force x 18
  • Iran
    • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force x 10
  • Ireland
    • Irish Air Corps
  • Israel
    • Israeli Air Force x 10
  • Italy
    • Aeronautica Militare x 20
  • Republic of Korea
    • Republic of Korea Air Force x 8
  • Kuwait
    • Kuwait Air Force x 8
  • Libya
    • Libyan Air Force x 2
  • Mexico
    • Mexican Air Force x 2
  • Mongolia
    • Mongolian Air Force x 4
  • New Zealand
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force x 6
  • Norway
    • Royal Norwegian Air Force x 4
  • Oman
    • Royal Air Force of Oman x 4
  • Philippines
    • Philippine Air Force x 3
  • Qatar
    • Qatar Emiri Air Force x 4
  • Saudi Arabia
    • Royal Saudi Air Force x 2
  • Sweden
    • Swedish Air Force x 8
  • Tunisia
    • Tunisian Air Force x 2
  • United Arab Emirates
    • United Arab Emirates Air Force x 12
  • United Kingdom
    • Royal Air Force x 24
  • United States
    • United States Air Force x 274
    • United States Marine Corps x 66
    • United States Coast Guard x 16

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