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New York Air National Guard receives HC-130J

26th March 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of four HC-130J Combat King II aircraft to the New York Air National Guard.

The HC-130J will be operated by the 102nd Rescue Squadron (RQS) at Francis S Grabreski Air National Guard Base, New York.

The 102nd RQS, which is part of the 106th Rescue Wing, currently operates a legacy fleet of HC-130P/N variant Combat King I aircraft, which will be replaced by the new HC-130Js. The squadron will use the aircraft to refuel the New York Air National Guard’s 101st RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and extend their range.

The HC-130J is the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform in the US Air National Guard. The aircraft supports missions in adverse weather and geographic environments, including reaching austere locations; and can be tasked for airdrop, airland, and helicopter air-to-air refuelling and forward-area ground refuelling missions. The aircraft also supports humanitarian aid operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation and non-combatant evacuation operations.

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