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EC-130J Commando Solo  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: 7
Unitary Cost: USD$110 million
Also Known As: EC-130SJ Super J
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, CC-130J Super Hercules, 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 first C-130J aircraft achieved initial operational capability in 1999. The US Air Force plans to purchase up to 168 C-130J and CC-130J (a stretch version of C-130J) aircraft to replace older C-130Es. In November 2004, the US Air Force awarded Lockheed-Martin a contract to turn 1+2 Air National Guard C-130Js into Super J aircraft configuration. Super J configuration features aerial refueling equipment, a modified operator station, an expanded internal communications system, plus a more powerful generator for needed electrical power. It is expected that the first Super J configured aircraft, to be sent back to the Air National Guard in 2006, will be ultimately converted into the first EC-130J aircraft. EC-130Js would replace the existing fleet of aging EC-130E Commando Solo aircraft beginning before the end of this decade (2010). EC-130Js will perform information operations and civil affairs broadcasts in AM, FM, HF, TV and military communications bands.

EC-130J Commando Solo Specifications

Crew: 3
Number of Engines: 4
Passengers: 64
Dimensions
Height: 11.4 meter (37.4 foot)
Length: 29.3 meter (96 foot)
Wingspan: 39.7 meter (130 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 10,058 meter (32,999 foot)
Max Range: 4,390 kilometer (2,370 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 18,364 shp (13,700 kW)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 196 mps (381 KTAS)
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 70,308 kilogram (155,000 pound)
Payload: 21,151 kilogram (46,629 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EC-130J Commando Solo News

There are 3 news between
9 Nov 2004 and 12 Feb 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014Rolls-Royce and Lockheed Martin Sign AE 2100D3 Engine Deal to Power Future C-130J Super Hercules
Monday, May 14, 2012US Air Force NexGenMWS Infrared Missile Warning System Enters Full Rate Production
Tuesday, November 9, 2004Lockheed-Martin to Convert First C-130J into Super J Configuration

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United States of America7
EC-130J (3) and EC-130SJ (4)
YearHoldings
Jul 20157
20147

Grand Total 71
Propulsion Systems
AE 2100D3x4
Protection Systems
AN/ALR-56
NexGenMWS
Sensor Systems
AN/APN-241x1
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