Lockheed Martin officials briefed reporters today at the Farnborough Air Show about new configurations and new technologies for the C‑130J Super Hercules. Attendees where given insight into the new HC-130J and MC-130J configurations, recently selected by the U.S. Air Force to replace the aging fleets of both Air Combat Command and Special Operations Command aircraft. Additionally, three new technologies related to mission planning, mapping and GPS systems were also unveiled.
The new HC and MC configurations are based on the proven KC-130J operated by the United States Marine Corps. The capabilities of the KC-130J very closely match the requirements for HC/MC-130 missions and will require very little modification. The KC-130J is performing at or above expectations in operational service in Southwest Asia as the tactical tanker for Marine Corps fighters and helicopters. The air-to-air refueling mission of the KC-130J is very similar to the requirements set out by the Air Force for the HC/MC-130 program.
Three new technologies were also unveiled that will be included in the baseline configuration of all new C-130Js. It includes Global Digital Map Unit built by Israel’s Elbit Systems will enhance tactical operations and provide far more data to the crew; TacView Portable Mission Display built by Canada’s CMC places mission functionality at the flight crew’s fingertips and vastly improves mission and in-flight re-planning; and CMC’s InegriFlight commercial GPS Landing System Sensor Unit fulfills the C-130J program’s requirement for an Instrument Flight Rules, civil-certified Global Navigational Satellite System.
In the United States, Air Mobility Command, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard units fly C-130Js. The Marine Corps operates KC‑130J tankers and the Coast Guard flies the HC-130J. Air Combat Command and Special Operations Command have ordered new fleets. Around the world C-130J operators include the Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Italian Air Force and Royal Danish Air Force. Norway, Canada and India have ordered new C-130J fleets.