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MC-130J Commando II

MC-130J Commando IIedited

The MC-130J Commando II multi-mission combat transport/special operations tanker, assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), delivers increased combat performance to the warfighter with its more powerful engines and unique features. As it replaces the older MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II and MC-130P Combat Shadow II aircraft, the MC-130J provides AFSOC with a modern aircraft capable of worldwide employment for missions requiring clandestine single- or multi-ship low-level aerial refueling of Special Operation Force vertical and tilt-rotor aircraft and/or infiltration, resupply and exfiltration by airdrop, or landing on remote airfields.

CHARACTERISTICS

Primary Function Air refueling of SOF helicopter/tilt rotor aircraft, infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of SOF by airdrop or airland
Speed 362 KTAS at 22,000 feet
Ceiling 28,000 feet with 42,000 pound payload
Maximum Takeoff Weight 164,000 pounds
Range 3,000 miles unrefueled
Crew Two pilots, one combat systems officer (officers), and two loadmasters (enlisted)