NAVAIR

Updated October 2012

Mission

C/KC-130T: United States Navy/United States Marine Corps -- Multi-role, long-range, land-based tactical aircraft provides logistic support and air-to-air refueling to fleet operating forces.

KC-130J: United States Marine Corps -- Multi-role, medium sized fixed wing tactical aircraft designed to replace the KC-130F/R/T aircraft providing logistic support, air-to-air refueling and close air support to fleet operating forces.

Description

The U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps C/KC-130 program consists of three variants of a medium-sized transport aircraft capable of intra-theater and inter-theater airlift operations.

The Navy’s C-130T Hercules aircraft provides rapid logistic support to Navy operating forces and transportation of personnel or cargo. The U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T is a multi-role, multi-mission tactical tanker/transport aircraft, which provides air-to-air refueling as well as rapid ground refueling and tactical transportation and delivery of personnel and cargo.

The KC-130J Hercules supports U.S. Marine Corps 21st century expeditionary operations by providing air-to-air refueling, rapid ground refueling and logistic support to operating forces. Tactical transportation of personnel or cargo includes aerial delivery or austere landing zone operations.

As a multi-sensor image reconnaissance and close air support platform, KC-130J aircraft equipped with the Harvest HAWK modular roll-on, roll-off weapons system utilize an AN/AAQ-30 target sight system with infrared and electro-optic sensors to employ four Hellfire missiles mounted in place of the left hand air-to-air refueling pylon and standoff precision-guided munitions, such as Griffin and Viper Strike missiles, launched from the cargo compartment.

As a tactical transport, the C/KC-130T/J can carry 92 ground troops or 64 paratroopers and equipment and can also be configured as a medical evacuation platform capable of carrying 74 patients on stretchers and their attendants.

Common missions for Hercules aircraft are to provide tactical transport of troops and cargo, air-to-air refueling, aerial delivery, emergency re-supply into or medical evacuation from unimproved landing zones, emergency evacuation of personnel and key equipment, battlefield illumination, multi-sensor image reconnaissance and close air support.

Specifications

C/KC-130T
Primary Function:
KC-130T:
Air-to-air refueling, tactical passenger and cargo airlift
C-130T: Tactical passenger and cargo airlift
Date Deployed: KC-130T: 1983: C-130T: 1991
Propulsion: Four Allison T-56-A-16 engines
Length: 97 feet 9 inches (29.3 meters)
Wingspan: 132 feet 7 inches (39.7 meters)
Height: (Tail height) 38 feet 3 inches (11.4 meters)
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 175,000 pounds (79,380 kg)
Ceiling: 25,600 feet
Range: KC-130T: 3,132 nautical miles: C-130T: 2,350 nautical miles
Crew: KC-130T: Six; C-130T: Four
Prime Contractors: Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation Systems, Sargent Fletcher Inc.

KC-130J
Primary Function: Air-to-air refueling, tactical passenger and cargo airlift
Date Deployed: 2004
Propulsion: Four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops
Length: 97 feet 9 inches (29.3 meters)
Wingspan: 132 feet 7 inches (39.7 meters)
Height: (Tail Height) 38 feet 3 inches (11.4 meters)
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 175,000 pounds (79,380 kg)
Range: 3,548 nautical miles
Crew: Three
Prime Contractors: Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation Systems, Rolls Royce Corporation, Sargent Fletcher, Inc.

Program Status

C-130T
Production Phase: Operational
Inventory: 20
Initial Operational Capability Date: 1991

KC-130T
Production Phase: Operational
Inventory: 28
Initial Operational Capability Date: 1983

KC-130J
ACAT:
ACAT IC program
Production Phase: In production
Inventory: 46
Projected Inventory: Navy: 25; USMC: 79