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C-130J-SOF  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: C-130 Hercules
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1956
Maiden Flight: 23 August 1954
Total Production: 2,477
Total Cost: USD$25 billion
Family Members: AC-130J Ghostrider, AC-130U Spooky, C-130H Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules, CC-130J Super Hercules, EC-130J Commando Solo, KC-130J Super Hercules, LM-100J, MC-130H Talon II, MC-130J Commando II, MC-130W Combat Spear and WC-130J
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Description: The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules is a medium-size transport aircraft designed to operate from rough dirt strips. The first prototype, the YC-130A, maiden flight took place in 1954. The first model C-130A achieved initial operational capability in December1956 becoming thereafter the most important cargo transport aircraft of the free world. Since then, the C-130s had assumed a wide range of military tasks such as airlift, airdrop, reconnaissance, special operations, close air support, electronic warfare, air refueling, etc. The C-130 features an aft loading ramp and door and is able to accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six- to eight-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargo and military personnel. The Hercules can be configured to carry out different missions and re-configured to its original cargo transport mission.

To date, more than 2,400 C-130s in more than 70 variants to five basic models (A, B , E, H and J) have been produced for customers worldwide. In the first decade of 21st century the majority of C-130s in service belong to the E, H and J basic models introduced in the early 1960s, in the 1970s and late 1990s respectively. The US Air Force, Navy and Marines operate the C-130 aircraft as well as the air forces of 66+ other nations worldwide. The US Air Force plans to convert the surviving E and H models to the C-130AMP (Avionics Modernization Program) configuration beginning in 2007. AMP covers avionics modernization and some engine improvements to keep the fleet flying and serviceable well beyond 2020.

The C-130J-SOF (Special Operations Forces) is a multipurpose variant of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft intended for international customers. The new aircraft is able to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and psychological operations, airdrop resupply, personnel recovery, humanitarian relief, as well as infiltration, exfiltration and re-supply of SOF personnel. It can perform aerial refueling of fighter aircraft, VSTOL jets and helicopters in forward areas near/in hostile territory. Besides, the aircraft can conduct combat operations armed with a 30mm cannon and Hellfire missiles. Lockheed Martin launched the C-130J-SOF at the Paris Air Show in June 2017.

C-130J-SOF Specifications

Number of Engines: 4
Dimensions
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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C-130J-SOF News

There are 2 news between
20 Jun 2017 and 12 Feb 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018Lockheed Martin Delivers 400th C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft
Tuesday, June 20, 2017Lockheed Martin Launches C-130J-SOF Special Operations Forces Aircraft
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