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CC-130J Super Hercules  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 141
Unitary Cost: USD$90 million
Also Known As: C-130J-30, Hercules II and Shimshon
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: 2,475
Total Cost: USD$25 billion
Family Members: AC-130J Ghostrider, AC-130U Spooky, C-130H Hercules, C-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 CC-130J, formerly known as the C-130J-30, is a stretch version, adding 15 feet to fuselage, increasing usable space in the cargo compartment, which translates to 30 percent more usable volume for increased seating, litters, pallets or airdrop platforms. This bigger cargo compartment can accommodate up to 7 pallets, 2 more than C-130J, and up to 92 paratroopers or 128 troops and their equipment, 28 more than C-130J. The long fuselage Super Hercules features a strengthened cargo ramp and improved airdrop system, allowing crews to make airdrops at 250 knots, which helps them avoid antiaircraft fire in hostile areas. The US Air Force cleared the container delivery system on the CC-130J aircraft in February 2005.

In July 2004, the Royal Danish Air Force notified Lockheed-Martin that it will exercise an option for one C-130J Super Hercules (long-fuselage version) in addition to three already delivered C-130Js ordered in December 2000. The contract for one additional C-130J was signed in October 2004. Lockheed-Martin delivered the last of 22 C-130Js, a CC-130J, ordered by the Italian Air Force on 10 February 2005. Super Hercules deliveries to Italy began in 2000 with first order for 18 aircraft placed in 1997, two more in 1999 and two more in 2000 completing 12 C-130Js and 10 CC-130Js. As of 2005, these aircraft had been involved in tactical transport missions in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Italian Air Force.

CC-130J Super Hercules Specifications

Crew: 3
Number of Engines: 4
Troops: 92
Dimensions
Height: 11.4 meter (37.4 foot)
Length: 34.7 meter (114 foot)
Wingspan: 39.7 meter (130 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 10,058 meter (32,999 foot)
Max Range: 4,661 kilometer (2,517 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 18,364 shp (13,700 kW)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 193 mps (375 KTAS)
Weight
Cargo: 21,234 kilogram
Max Takeoff Weight: 74,390 kilogram (163,999 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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CC-130J Super Hercules News

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Friday, August 19, 2016Lockheed Martin Awarded $10 Billion Contract to Support C-130J Porduction
Thursday, March 24, 2016US Air Force Orders 28 Fiscal Year 2016 C-130J Aircraft
Thursday, December 31, 2015US Government to Buy 78 C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft under Multiyear II Contract
Wednesday, December 30, 2015US Air Force Orders 32 Additional C-130J Aircraft
Friday, December 11, 2015Lockheed Martin Delivers 2,500th C-130 Hercules
Tuesday, November 10, 2015US Air Force Places Order for 17 C-130J Aircraft
Friday, April 24, 2015FMS: India Requests Follow-on Support of C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft
Wednesday, November 26, 2014FMS: Iraq Requests C-130E/J Sustainment
Wednesday, April 9, 2014First Israeli Air Force CC-130J Super Hercules Arrives In Israel
Thursday, March 27, 2014Republic of Korea Air Force Accepts First CC-130J Super Hercules

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Canada17
Canadian Air Force CC-130J airlifters to be delivered beginning in 2010
Denmark4
YearHoldings
20134
India6
Letters of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of six C-130J-30 aircraft for the Indian Air Force valued at $962 million to be delivered by December 2011
YearHoldings
20126
20113
Iraq6
YearHoldings
Dec 20121
Israel3
YearHoldings
20141
Italy10
YearHoldings
201410
Norway4
YearHoldings
May 20104
20092
20081
Oman2
Two aircraft ordered in June 2009
South Korea4
Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) order announced in December 2010 for four CC-130J aircraft
YearHoldings
20154
Jun 20144
Tunisia2
YearHoldings
20152
Dec 20142
20131
United Kingdom15
YearHoldings
201414
United States of America83
YearHoldings
201479

Grand Total 18415
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