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C-130J Super Hercules Missions

The C-130J Super Hercules is the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission flexibility in mind, the C-130J has a unique mix of agility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere.

The C-130J airframe has proven it’s reliable, efficient and highly operational in harsh environments and combat theaters like Iraq and Afghanistan. This rugged aircraft is often seen as the first aircraft “in,” touching down on austere landing zones before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters. Among its missions, the C-130J also counts capabilities as diverse as:

  • Aerial Firefighting
  • Aerial Refueling
  • Aerial Delivery/JPADS
  • Aeromedical Evacuation
  • Armed ISR
  • Combat Delivery
  • Electronic Surveillance                           
  • Hurricane Hunter
  • Gunship/Close Air Support
  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Personnel Transport
  • Personnel Recovery
  • Rapid Ground Refueling
  • Search and Rescue
  • Special Ops
  • Special Passenger Accommodations

 

Legacy C-130 Hercules Missions

The focus on flexibility and multi-role, multi-mission capabilities can be traced back to the original C-130A, which was designed in response to a need for U.S. forces to tactically resupply troops on the front lines.

Since the Hercules first took to the skies almost 60 years ago, more than 70 different variants have been produced, serving missions including, but not limited to:

  • Aerial Delivery
  • Aerial Firefighting
  • Aerial Photography and Mapping 
  • Aerial Refueling
  • Airborne Drone Launch and Control
  • Airborne Hospital
  • Airlift
  • Commercial Airline Passenger Service
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Gunship/Close Air Support
  • Hurricane Hunter
  • Maritime Patrol
  • Missile Tracking and Satellite Recovery
  • NASA Research
  • Oil Spill Control/Dispersal
  • Personnel Transport
  • Rapid Ground Refueling – Tanker
  • Search and Rescue
  • Ski Bird
  • Special Ops
  • Special Passenger Accommodations/VIP Module
  • Weather Observation & Research

 

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