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Harvest Hawk proving itself to commanders

3rd June 2011 - 11:22 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Camp Dwyer, Helmand


Aircrews flying the US Marine Corps’ latest aerial platform say it has more than proven itself in combat.

The KC-130J Harvest HAWK (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit) may look like any other Hercules but Lockheed Martin and the USMC have turned the aircraft into an extremely capable close air support aircraft with the ability to spend hours over the battlefield and deliver ordnance to where it’s needed.

The Harvest Hawk went into operation in October 2010 and since then has flown around 1,300 flight hours, expending nearly around 40 Hellfires and 10 Griffin missiles against enemy combatants in Southern Afghanistan.


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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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