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C-130J Super Hercules

Tactical transport aircraft

C-130J Super Hercules

The C-130J Super Hercules is the latest production version of the C-130

Entered service 1998
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 29.79 m
Wing span 40.41 m
Height 11.84 m
Weight (empty) 34.27 t
Weight (maximum take off) 79.38 t
Engines and performance
Engines 4 x Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops
Power 4 x 4 637 shp
Maximum speed 671 km/h
Cruising speed 643 km/h
Service ceiling 10.6 km
Service ceiling (without payload) 12.3 km
Range (with 18 t payload) 5 250 km
Ferry range ?
Maximum payload 19 t
Troops 92 men
Vehicles 2-3 HMMWVs
Cargo compartment dimensions 12.5 x 3 x 2.74 m


   The C-130J Super Hercules was developed by Lockheed Martin. It is the latest production version of the C-130 Hercules. It replaced in production the previous C-130H. The C-130J Super Hercules made its first flight in 1996. Deliveries of this airlifter commenced in 1998. By 2014 over 280 Super Hercules aircraft of various models have been delivered to at least 14 countries. Largest operators are US Air Force, US Marine Corps, Australia, Canada, India, Italy and the United Kingdom. In the Royal Air Force service this aircraft is known as Hercules C5.

   The Super Hercules has been widely used by USAF and US Marine Corps in Afghanistan and Iraq.

   The original Hercules made its first flight back in 1954. It has the longest production run of any military aircraft. It is the West's most popular and widely used military transport aircraft. It is in service with more than 60 operators worldwide. In many cases the C-130 is the largest cargo aircraft in their inventory. Over 2 000 of these aircraft have been built. It remains the workhorses of the USAF's tactical transport fleet. It is also operational with most European air arms. This versatile aircraft has found uses in a variety of roles. Also the Hercules made its name for reliability.

   The C-130J Super Hercules is used for troop and cargo transport. Basic airframe of the C-130 has changed very little. However the aircraft has a number of improvements, including new engines, avionics and other systems.

   The Super Hercules has a payload capacity of 19 t. It can carry 92 soldiers, 62 airborne troops, or 72 litters with 2 medical attendants. Alternatively it can carry 6 pallets, or 2-3 HMMWVs, or a single M113 armored personnel carrier.

   This tactical airlifter is powered by four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops. Each engine develops 4 637 shp and has a 6-blade composite scimitar propeller. The C-130J has 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed and 41% shorter take-off distance than the previous C-130E/H models.

   The aircraft has digital avionics, including Head-Up Display (HUD) for each pilot. The Super Hercules has reduced crew requirements. A minimal crew of three men are required to operate this aircraft, including two pilots and one loadmaster. Navigator and flight engineer are no longer required.

   The Super Hercules is capable of short takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways.




   C-130J-30 a stretched version. It has extended fuselage by 4.6 m. This aircraft has a payload capacity of 20 t. It can carry 128 soldiers, 92 airborne troops or 97 litters. Alternatively it can carry 8 pallets of military cargo. In USAF and Royal Canadian Air Force service this aircraft is known as CC-130J Super Hercules. In Royal Air Force service it is known as Hercules C4. The C-130J-30 is a Lockheed Martin designation;

   EC-130J Commando Solo III, variant for the USAF Special Operations Command;

   HC-130J Combat King II, long-range patrol and search & rescue variant used by the US Coast Guard;

   KC-130J aerial refueling tanker and tactical airlifter, used by US Marine Corps. Also this aircraft can be fitted with weapons, such as Hellfire or Griffin missiles, precision guided bombs, and even 30-mm cannon. This aircraft can deliver ground support fire. The gunship retains its transportation and refueling capabilities;

   MC-130J Commando II used by USAF Special Operations Command. Originally this aircraft was named the Combat Shadow II;

   WC-130J weather reconnaissance aircraft for USAF Reserve Command. Data acquired by these aircraft accurately predicts hurricane development and movement;

   L-130J civilian version of the C-130J-30. Development program of this aircraft was placed on hold in order to focus on development of military models and production;

   SC-130J a proposed maritime patrol aircraft designed for costal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare.


Video of the C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter


C-130J Super Hercules

C-130J Super Hercules

C-130J Super Hercules

C-130J Super Hercules

C-130J Super Hercules

C-130J Super Hercules

C-130J Super Hercules

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