C-130J "Super Hercules" is a four-engine turboprop military
transport aircraft. The improvements built into the C-130J, which entered
production in 1997, have enhanced the performance of the aircraft in
terms of its range, cruise ceiling time to climb, speed and airfield
requirements. The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is the world's
most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission
flexibility in mind - combat delivery, air-to-air refueling, special
operations, disaster relief and humanitarian missions - the C-130J has
a unique mix of agility and performance to consistently operate at very
high tempo operations efficiently and reliably. The C-130J Super Hercules
is the only airlifter with the range and flexibility for emerging theaters
and evolving concepts of operation. This tactical transport aircraft
has already proven itself in many kinds of missions, many in the harshest
operating conditions possible.
Tanker : is an air tanker aircraft derived
from the shorter fuselage C-130J cargo aircraft.
Weather Bird: is a high-wing, medium-range
aircraft flown by the Air Force Reserve Command for
weather reconnaissance missions.
Super Hercules: is a modern personnel recovery
aircraft delivering increased versatility and operational
capability to the warfighter with its more powerful
engines and HC-130J-unique features.
Combat Shadow II: a versatile multimission
tactical airlifter – delivers increased combat
performance to the warfighter with its more powerful
engines and MC-130J-unique features.
C-130J is the newest version of the Hercules and the only model still
in production. Externally similar to the classic Hercules in general
appearance, the J-model features considerably updated technology. These
differences include new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprops with Dowty
R391 composite scimitar propellers, digital avionics (including head-up
displays (HUDs) for each pilot), and reduced crew requirements. These
changes have improved performance over its C-130E/H predecessors, such
as 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed, and 41% shorter takeoff
distance. The J-model is available in a standard-length or stretched
C-130J is crewed by two pilots and a loadmaster. The new glass cockpit
features four L-3 display systems multifunction liquid crystal displays
for flight control and navigation systems. The cockpit is fitted with
the Northrop Grumman low-power colour radar display. The map display
shows digitally stored map image data. The C-130J is equipped with a
Honeywell dual embedded global positioning system / inertial navigation
system (GPS/INS), an enhanced traffic alerting and collision avoidance
system (E-TCAS), a ground collision avoidance system, SKE2000 station
keeping system, and an instrument landing system (ILS).
The C-130J is equipped with the ATK AN/AAR-47 missile warning system
uses electro-optic sensors to detect missile exhaust and advanced signal
processing algorithms and spectral selection to analyse and prioritise
The C-130J uses a BAE Systems AN/ALR-56M radar warning receiver and
the Lockheed Martin AN/ALQ-157 infra-red countermeasures system generates
a varying frequency-agile infra-red jamming signal.
The navigation and weather radar of the C-130J is made by Northrop Grumman,
its installed in the upward hinged dielectric radome in the nose of
C-130J is motorized with four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, each
rated at 4,591 shaft horsepower (3,425kW). The all-composite six-blade
R391 propeller system was developed by Dowty Aerospace.
power, performance, safety redundancy, reliability, sophisticated avionics
all come with the C-130J Super Hercules - an aircraft that can meet
virtually any airlift mission requirement. With Rolls-Royce AE2100D3
engines and Dowty R391 six-bladed composite propellers, the Super Hercules
operates in hot climates, handling short, high-elevation airstrips with
The Super Hercules transports 33 percent more payload, using half the
crew, while burning less fuel and flying faster, farther and higher
than its predecessors.
- Faster: The C-130J is faster and climbs more quickly, offers 21% more
speed. Time-to-climb is slashed by 50% over earlier model C-130s.
- Higher: The C-130J flies higher, climbs over the weather and has a
40% greater cruising altitude than the C-130H.
Farther: The C-130J flies much farther with less fuel, provides up to
40% greater range than the C-130H.
Clearly, Lockheed Martin has gone much farther than simply producing
an upgrade to the legendary C-130. Virtually every system, component
and structural part of the Super Hercules has been chosen to yield a
maximum performance airlifter, which is why the aircraft has so quickly
gained worldwide appeal. In the United States, the U.S. Air Force, Air
Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Marine Corps and Coast Guard rely
on the C-130J. International C-130J operators include the United Kingdom,
Australia, Italy and Denmark with Norway, Canada and India soon joining
their ranks. Many nations are taking notice of the outstanding performance
improvements of the Super Hercules, which is why global appeal for the
aircraft is growing so fast.