Lockheed-Martin to Convert First C-130J into Super J Configuration


Released on Tuesday, November 9, 2004
United States of America
C-130J Super Hercules
EC-130J Commando Solo
AM - Amplitude Modulation
FM - Frequency Modulation
HF - High Frequency
TV - Television
The US Air Force has awarded Lockheed-Martin a contract to modify a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. The contract includes options on two additional aircraft and is valued at approximately $29 million.

The modification work order placed by the US Air Force is the first step to convert the C-130J aircraft into EC-130J Commando Solo configuration. The modified C-130J is being referred to as Super J and will be operated by the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Middletown, Pennsylvania. EC-130J will conduct information operations and civil affairs broadcasts in AM, FM, HF, TV and military communications bands.

The current EC-130E Commando Solo fleet operated by the US Air Force evolved from the proven C-130E Hercules cargo/transport aircraft. Super J will feature aerial refueling equipment, a modified operator station, an expanded internal communications system, plus a more powerful generator for needed electrical power. The modified aircraft will be complete in the third quarter of 2006.

The C-130J aircraft includes state-of-the-art equipment to reduce manpower requirements as well as lifecycle costs and has been designed to replace aging C-130Es, which also includes C-130E variants. C-130E was introduced in 1962 and still remains in service with the US military forces and allied nations worldwide in large numbers.

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