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MC-130W Combat Spear  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 12
Also Known As: C-130W Dragon Spear
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, EC-130J Commando Solo, KC-130J Super Hercules, LM-100J, MC-130H Talon II, MC-130J Commando II 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.

MC-130W is a modified C-130H aircraft intended to support US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) replacing MC-130Hs and MC-130Ps lost performing missions during the global war on terrorism. The first MC-130W aircraft was rolled out on 28 June 2006 at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. A dozen such modified aircraft were required by the US Air Force to replace four MC-130Hs and one MC-130P combat losses logged until June 2006. The new Combat Talon variant is based on C-130H airframes from 1987 to 1990.

MC-130W leverages the same abilities of its predecessors, mainly infiltration and exfiltration, but adding air-to-air refueling in support of special operations and search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. Air refueling pods were added to this Combat Talon variant for that purpose. MC-130W can be refueled in-flight to extend its mission range. Modifications also include a basic electronic warfare capability to avoid potential threats, ability to work in special light conditions and strengthening of the tail.

MC-130W Combat Spear Specifications

Number of Engines: 4
Height: 7 meter (23.0 foot)
Length: 30.4 meter (100 foot)
Max Power at TakeOff: 19,640 shp (14,651 kW)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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MC-130W Combat Spear News

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on 9 Jul 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012GAU-23 Cannon Cleared for Use on US Air Force AC-130W Gunships

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