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KC-130s help light the way

31st May 2011 - 10:54 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan


USMC KC-130Js are being employed in Afghanistan to illuminate safe landing zones when the nights are exceptionally dark.

While the KC-130Js are busy in-theatre refuelling Harriers and carrying tonnes of cargo to outlying bases, in a role that harks back to the Vietnam conflict the aircraft are also being fitted with battlefield illuminating flares to give helicopter crews an enhanced view of the landing zones they will use during major assault operations.

Maj Scott Koltick, CO of Kandahar-based VMGR-252 Det Bravo that flies KC-130Js crewed jointly from bases at Cherry Point, Miramar and Okinawa, said the battlefield illumination role was a

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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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