C-130J Super Hercules variants gain certification
Lockheed Martin has announced that in October its HC-130J Combat King II and MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as ‘effective, suitable and mission capable by the US Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The certification is an important milestone for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) programme to recapitalize the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C-130J variants.
Lockheed Martin is on contract to deliver 27 MC-130Js - the special operations tanker aircraft for Air Force Special Operations Command; and 15 HC-130Js - the personnel recovery/combat search and rescue aircraft for Air Combat Command, under a contract issued in 2008. The new AC-130Js will be converted to MC-130Js with the addition of a precision strike package.
George Shultz, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager for C-130 Programs, said: ‘This further demonstrates the amazing flexibility of the C-130J. We took a KC-130J tanker and, through in-line production design changes and significant capability enhancements, produced the current HC and MC aircraft. The C-130J is without equal in terms of its multi-role, multi-mission flexibility and availability. No aircraft in production - or in development - can match the capabilities of the Super Hercules.’
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