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MC-130J Commando II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2012
Maiden Flight: 23 September 2010
Total Production: 122
Unitary Cost: USD$115 million
Total Cost: USD$14 billion
Also Known As: HC-130J, HC-130J Combat King II and MC-130J Combat Shadow II
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: 2,602
Total Cost: USD$25 billion
Family Members: AC-130J Ghostrider, AC-130U Spooky, C-130H Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules, C-130J-SOF, CC-130J Super Hercules, EC-130J Commando Solo, KC-130J Super Hercules, LM-100J, MC-130H Talon 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. In October 2019 Lockhed delivered the 2,600th C-130 aircraft.

The MC-130J Commando II, formerly Combat Shadow II, and HC-130J are a derivative of the US Marine Corps KC-130J tanker selected by the US Air Force to replace the aging fleets of both Air Combat Command (ACC) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) aircraft. Currently, Lockheed Martin is working on both configurations. The HC/MC-130J aircraft will provide global, day, night, and adverse weather capability to infiltrate, re-supply and ex-filtrate US and allied special operation forces. The HC-130J designation also refers to a distinct configuration closer to the C-130J aircraft and employed by the US Coast Guard (22).

The US Air Force MC-130J Combat Shadow II will fly clandestine, or low visibility, single or multi-ship low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces by airdrop or airland. The MC-130J will primarily fly missions at night to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by airborne threats. In March 2012, the US Air Force Special Operations Command officially changed the name of the MC-130J to Commando II to better reflect the multi-mission role of the aircraft and the units that will fly them.

MC-130J Commando II Applications

Combat Aircraft AC-130J Ghostrider

MC-130J Commando II Specifications

Number of Engines: 4
Propeller Blades: 6
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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MC-130J Commando II News

There are 33 news between
13 Jun 2008 and 1 Jul 2020
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020US Special Operations Command AC-130J and MC-130J Aircraft to Get Radio Frequency Countermeasure Systems
Tuesday, February 4, 2020US Coast Guard Takes Delivery of Upgraded HC-130J Aircraft
Monday, January 13, 2020US Department of Defense Orders 50 C-130Js under Multiyear III Contract
Monday, February 12, 2018Lockheed Martin Delivers 400th C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft
Wednesday, July 12, 2017US Special Operations Command Orders AC/MC-130J Electronic Warfare Systems
Thursday, March 24, 2016US Air Force Orders 28 Fiscal Year 2016 C-130J Aircraft
Monday, January 4, 2016Northrop Grumman Selected to Improve Survivability of US Air Force AC-130J and MC-130J Aircraft
BAE Systems Selected to Develop EW Suite for AC-130J and MC-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

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America122
The US Air Force is authorized to acquire up to 38 HC/MC-130Js (11 HCs and 27 MCs). Another 24 aircraft ordered in December 2019. US Coast Guard 22 HC-130J aircraft.
Jul 201531MC-130J Commando II (20) and HC-130J Combat King II (11)
Dec 201422MC-130J Commando II (16) and HC-130J Combat King II (6)
Jan 201320MC-130J Commando II (14) and HC-130J Combat King II (6)
Dec 201218MC-130J Commando II (12) and HC-130J Combat King II (6)

Grand Total 1221
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