C130 Hercules aanpassingen

Gestart door Harald, 19/04/2016 | 15:59 uur


Australia announces acquisition of 20 new C-130Js

In a significant move to enhance its defense capabilities, the Albanese Government of Australia has announced the purchase of 20 new C-130J Hercules aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at a cost of $9.8 billion. The acquisition aims to modernize the Air Force's fleet, providing state-of-the-art C-130 Hercules to meet the nation's air transport needs for the future.

These new acquisitions will not only replace the current 12 Hercules aircraft operated by the Air Force but also expand the fleet's size. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected to commence from late 2027, ensuring the RAAF has access to advanced aircraft to carry out vital missions.



Marshall Aerospace unveils ARC-Radar, a sensor suite that transform a C-130J into a radar surveillance platform

Marshall Aerospace has launched the ARC-Radar, a modular sensor suite that can transform a tactical transport aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles using the Leonardo Osprey 30 radar.

The Marshall ARC-Radar is a role-fit palletised solution that requires no permanent integration or aircraft modifications, and utilises only existing aircraft power outlets. The system comprises a two-panel Leonardo Osprey 30 active electronically scanned array (AESA) surveillance radar, two modified paratroop doors containing a Marshall-designed and manufactured ultra-low-profile conformal radome, a rear pallet containing two articulated radar mounts and line-replaceable unit (LRU) rack, and a forward pallet containing a mission management console. The radar panel is inserted into the conformal radome on the modified door using the articulated mount on the rear pallet.

The unique selling point of Marshall ARC-Radar is its ability to expand the use of existing assets for multi-mission purposes, according to Ben Jakubowski, head of Marshall Aerospace?s Future Products team. The product can be fitted or removed in under four hours, providing minimal aircraft downtime, and fleet operators can alter the role of an aircraft on a day-to-day basis without being constrained to the availability of a single aircraft.





Northrop Grumman offers services for US Navy's E-XX TACAMO systems

According to a PR published by Northrop Grumman Corporation on March 15, 2023, the company is leveraging its weapons system integration and battle management leadership to compete for the U.S. Navy?s E-XX TACAMO fleet of aircraft systems.

The Navy?s E-XX TACAMO aircraft will be based on the C-130J platform, and provides connectivity between the National Command Authority and ballistic submarines capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

The Navy currently operates a fleet of E-6B Mercury aircraft to provide survivable, reliable, and endurable airborne command, control, and communications between the National Command Authority and U.S. strategic and non-strategic forces. The Navy intends to replace the E-6B fleet with the E-XX to modernize this critical strategic deterrent mission.

For more than six decades, Northrop Grumman has delivered on the development, production, and modification of the Navy?s E-2 Hawkeye system as the prime contractor, and continues to provide total mission assurance with proven solutions that are secure, survivable, multi-layered systems designed for total weapon system security.


An artist?s concept of the EC-130J TACAMO aircraft on the Lockheed Martin stand at the Navy League?s Sea-Air-Space Exposition


C-130 Seaplane Program Put On Back Burner (Updated)

Funding challenges and ?reprioritization of capabilities? has resulted in an indefinite delay of the C-130 floatplane?s test flight.

The initial test flight of an amphibious MC-130J special operations transport was anticipated to take place this year, but those plans have changed.

?We were initially aiming to conduct an operation capability demonstration in [2023],? Air Force Capt. Alicia Premo, a spokeswoman for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), told The War Zone in an email Thursday after we requested a program update. ?However, for a variety of reasons, at this time we do not have the capability demonstration scheduled. Those reasons vary from funding challenges to a recent reprioritization of capabilities.?





USSOCOM's Amphibious MC-130J Seaplane Concept Alive Or Dead? DARPA's WIG Is Alive!

In the shadowy world of U.S. Special Operations, a concept for an MC-130J "Hercules" seaplane was floated at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference 2021 (SOFIC 2021), and yet a year later, USSOCOM reports that they cannot find anyone who knows anything about it. Is the amphibious MC-130J seaplane concept dead, or just too premature at this stage in development? Apparently, the other branch services, the U.S. Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard seem to publicly admit that they want a seaplane during the virtual Defense expositions in 2021. Naval News has asked around to see if anyone knows anything about the MC-130J seaplane concept and its status. Naval News has also discovered that DARPA is forging ahead with their seaplane "Wing in Ground Effect" concept with an official Program of Record.




Lockheed Martin Reaches Super Herculean Milestone With Delivery Of 500th C-130J Airlifter

This Historic Super Herc Operated by the West Virginia Air National Guard's 130th Airlift Wing

MARIETTA, Ga., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hercules history is made once again, with the announcement that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently delivered its 500th C-130J Super Hercules airlifter. This Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft #5934) is a C-130J-30 aircraft assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. The 130th Airlift Wing is a longtime C-130 operator that is currently modernizing its legacy Hercules fleet with C-130Js.

The U.S. government operates the largest C-130J Super Hercules fleet in the world. This delivery represents the U.S. government's continued transition to the C-130J as the common platform across the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.

"This delivery represents the thousands of people — past and present — that design, build, fly, maintain and support C-130Js around the world," said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) line of business. "Like its namesake, the C-130J is a legend defined by its strength and power. Yet, it is the people who are part of the C-130J operator, production, supplier and industry partner communities who truly define the Super Hercules and helped the C-130J Program reach this monumental achievement."

The C-130J Super Hercules is the current production model of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft. The airlift choice of 26 operators in 22 nations, the global C-130 fleet has surpassed more than 2 million flight hours and holds more than 54 world records.

Defined by its versatility, there are 17 different mission configurations of the C-130J that includes transport (military and commercial), humanitarian aid delivery, aerial firefighting, natural disaster relief support, medevac, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling.

As the most advanced C-130 ever produced, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules (which is 15 feet/4.6 m longer than legacy C-130 models) offers these enhancements and advancements compared to legacy models:

  • 30% more passengers and cargo
  • 50% more CDS bundles
  • 44% more paratroopers
  • 30% crew reduction
  • 14% more fuel efficient
  • 20% improvement in payload/range capability
  • Integrated defensive suite and 250 knot ramp/door
  • Automated maintenance fault reporting
  • Unmatched situational awareness with digital avionics and dual HUD
To learn more about Lockheed Martin's C-130J Super Hercules, visit https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/c130.html

A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

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Citaat van: Sparkplug op 03/02/2022 | 21:25 uur
Dat is wel de bedoeling. 3 x C-130J + 3 x KC-130J. Frankrijk heeft 2 x C-130J + 2 x KC-130J.
Er is nog niks bekend over het aantal en welke type wel weet ik dat ze er druk mee bezig zijn bij het DMO en Luchtmacht wat betreft de vervanging ook ik ben benieuwd al kan je volgens mij wel invullen wat de voorkeur van onze Luchtmacht !!! :cute-smile:


Citaat van: Umbert op 03/02/2022 | 20:40 uur
Van die 6 die ze krijgen kunnen er toch 3 als tanker gebruikt worden?

Dat is wel de bedoeling. 3 x C-130J + 3 x KC-130J. Frankrijk heeft 2 x C-130J + 2 x KC-130J.
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.


Citaat van: Harald op 03/02/2022 | 14:10 uur
Duitsland heeft zijn 1 ste C-130J geleverd gekregen   ( met inair refueling probe )


Das erste #Luftfahrzeug von sechs neuen #C130J #Hercules wurde in Marietta, Georgia 🇺🇸 abgenommen. Wir beschaffen diese im FMS-Verfahren für das

Van die 6 die ze krijgen kunnen er toch 3 als tanker gebruikt worden?


Citaat van: Parera op 03/02/2022 | 17:00 uur
Ik vraag me af, is het voor Nederland interessant om dit zelfde type C-130J aan te kopen als vervanging van onze huidige C-130's waardoor we (beter) kunnen samenwerken met de Franse en Duitsers? Hooguit de aanpassing van de refueling rod die wij dan (kunnen) ruilen voor boom receiver.

Er zijn twee opties voor de C-130J om te worden bijgetankt: d.m.v. boom (UARRSI) of via hose and drogue (ARPIS).


A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.


Citaat van: Harald op 03/02/2022 | 14:10 uur
Duitsland heeft zijn 1 ste C-130J geleverd gekregen   ( met inair refueling probe )


Das erste #Luftfahrzeug von sechs neuen #C130J #Hercules wurde in Marietta, Georgia 🇺🇸 abgenommen. Wir beschaffen diese im FMS-Verfahren für das

Ik vraag me af, is het voor Nederland interessant om dit zelfde type C-130J aan te kopen als vervanging van onze huidige C-130's waardoor we (beter) kunnen samenwerken met de Franse en Duitsers? Hooguit de aanpassing van de refueling rod die wij dan (kunnen) ruilen voor boom receiver.


Duitsland heeft zijn 1 ste C-130J geleverd gekregen   ( met inair refueling probe )


Das erste #Luftfahrzeug von sechs neuen #C130J #Hercules wurde in Marietta, Georgia 🇺🇸 abgenommen. Wir beschaffen diese im FMS-Verfahren für das


Hercules C-130 enhanced air mobility demonstration

Department of Defence Australia
No. 37 Squadron demonstrated how an upgraded C-130 Hercules could live stream video anywhere in the world during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenario, providing an enhanced air mobility capability for Defence.

It was then retasked to respond to an actual disaster with rising floodwaters at Forbes, New South Wales. The C-130 was able to provide updated imagery and a live video to Commander Joint Task Force 629 and other parties for a higher situational awareness during the mission.



Lockheed Martin delivers high-energy laser for testing on AC-130J gunship

Lockheed Martin has delivered to the US Air Force its Airborne High Energy Laser system to be installed and tested on an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship.



Collins tests advanced vision system for C-130J

EVS-3600 enhances pilot situational awareness, claims Collins Aerospace.

Collins Aerospace has successfully put its EVS-3600 enhanced vision system through its paces in a test flight aboard a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

This latest milestone brings Collins closer to providing improved pilot situational awareness 'to military customers across the globe', the company claimed in a 21 September announcement.

EVS-3600 uses multiple-wavelength cameras to cut through poor-visibility conditions better than the human eye, Collins noted. Images from the system are shown to pilots on head-up displays.

Collins added that military operators would benefit from safer low-profile terrain flying in low-visibility conditions; easier visual confirmation of drop zone markings; fewer mission cancellations due to adverse weather conditions; and the use of heat signatures to make search-and-rescue operations easier and more efficient.

Crew feedback after the test flight 'confirms what we've known for quite some time — this technology can help save lives by improving threat detection while increasing safety margins and mission success rates for our militaries', said Dave Schreck, VP and GM for Military Avionics and Helicopters at Collins Aerospace.

Collins is now working with USAF Air Mobility Command on a longer, more comprehensive test of the EVS system and it claims to be 'on track' to complete prototype aircraft installation and airworthiness approval in 2023.

'The upgrade package is expected to be immediately available to the C-130J community thereafter,' the company added.



USAF continues Hercules propeller upgrade

Collins Aerospace obtains another order to provide NP2000 propellers for C-130H aircraft.

The USAF has chosen Collins Aerospace to deliver NP2000 propeller systems for 26 additional Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules aircraft operated by the US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

The USAF plans to retrofit approximately 140 C-130H with NP2000 and has now ordered propeller upgrades for 83 C-130H aircraft, Collins noted in a 21 September announcement.

The value of the latest order and its completion date were undisclosed.

Collins has installed the NP2000 on 16 USAF C-130Hs to date, including aircraft for the Georgia, Nevada and Wyoming Air National Guard.

NP2000 features eight composite blades and a digital Electronic Propeller Control System (EPCS). It delivers a 20% thrust increase during take-off, a 50% reduction in maintenance time and a 20db sound reduction in the cockpit compared to legacy propeller systems, Collins claimed.

The NP2000 is also in service on Northrop Grumman E-2 and C-2 aircraft and it has accumulated more than 1 million flight hours since entering service in 2004.



Citaat van: Enforcer op 16/09/2021 | 13:57 uur
Ben benieuwd hoeveel het vliegbereik wordt beperkt door die vaste boot aan die C-130. Zit er een refueling systeem boven op de romp?

MC-130J Commando II is als basis genomen


Ben benieuwd hoeveel het vliegbereik wordt beperkt door die vaste boot aan die C-130. Zit er een refueling systeem boven op de romp?


Citaat van: Thomasen op 16/09/2021 | 11:58 uur
Voordeel is natuurlijk dat het nodige aan ondersteuningsuitrusting al is ingebouwd en grote bekendheid met het platform. Maar vraag me toch af of je niet beter gewoon een tiental US2's kunt kopen. Ziet er niet uit alsof het goed is voor de prestaties.

Idd want dat wordt ook als negatief effect benoemd, veel extra luchtweerstand dus bereik, snelheid e.d. veel lager.

Aankoop van Japanse ShinMaywa US-2 zou voor mijn gevoel ook een betere optie zijn, maar zal niet waarschijnlijk zijn in verband met buy American beleid.
De US-2 is wel een veel "kleiner" toestel in vergelijking met een J-versie Herc als je kijk naar cargo mogelijkheden, gewicht, personen, ...   



Voordeel is natuurlijk dat het nodige aan ondersteuningsuitrusting al is ingebouwd en grote bekendheid met het platform. Maar vraag me toch af of je niet beter gewoon een tiental US2's kunt kopen. Ziet er niet uit alsof het goed is voor de prestaties.
Twitter: @Thom762

"And covenants, without the sword, are but words, and of no strength to secure a man at all" Thomas Hobbes


It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening

Air Force Special Operations Command says it needs an MC-130J on floats and it looks like it has a plan to get it.


Air Force Special Operations Command stated the following, which is pretty much what we summed up in May, in an official release dated September 14th, 2021:

The C-130J is an incredibly versatile aircraft, and since its creation, it's landed on rough fields, in arctic locations and even an aircraft carrier Yet, it cannot land on water, which covers about 71% of the planet. As national strategic objectives shift focus to littoral regions, Air Force Special Operations Command is advancing new approaches to expand the multi-mission platform's runway independence and expeditionary capacity.

In partnership with the Air Force Research Lab's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (AFRL-SDPE) directorate, AFSOC is developing an MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability (MAC) to improve the platform's support of seaborne special operations. "The development of the MAC capability is the culmination of multiple lines of effort," said Lt Col Josh Trantham, AFSOC Science, Systems, Technology, & Innovation (SST&I) Deputy Division Chief. "This capability allows the Air Force to increase placement and access for infiltration, exfiltration, and personnel recovery, as well as providing enhanced logistical capabilities for future competition and conflict."




A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.


SOFIC 2021: USSOCOM touts amphibious MC-130

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is considering the design and development of an amphibious MC-130 aircraft to support operational requirements in the age of 'Great Power Competition' (GPC), service officials have disclosed.

Addressing delegates at the virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 19 May, the Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing, Colonel Ken Kuebler, suggested the MC-130 Amphibious Capability (MAC) concept could allow the aircraft to "land and take off" from land and sea during the same mission.

Kuebler was unable to provide Janes with a projected timeline for the effort. However, USSOCOM's Fixed Wing Technology Insertion Roadmap, which was illustrated at the event, referred to a 2022–25 timeframe for the MAC.

Lockheed Martin's MC-130 Commando II aircraft is operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and tasked with "clandestine, or low-visibility, single or multiship, low-level infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces". According to AFSOC documents, the aircraft is ideally suited to operating in "politically sensitive or hostile territories".

Referring to the historic consideration by the US Department of Defense to design an amphibious C-130 aircraft, Kuebler suggested there was "enough command interest" at USSOCOM to pursue the MAC concept today.

"There is enough of a focus on peer and near-peer as we look at emerging threats. Is it going to be cost effective? That's why we have several lines of effort early on and there will be plenty of off-ramp [opportunities] along the way to determine if we move forward," he said.


Het idee is niet nieuw om een "drijvende" C-130 te ontwikkelen.

Amphibious MC-130J Transport Is On Special Operations Command's Wishlist

he U.S. military is once again looking at the potential of an amphibious C-130 Hercules variant to operate from littoral areas in support of special operations forces. The project, which in its early stages, has yielded an artist's concept of an MC-130J Commando II multi-mission combat transport fitted with large underslung floats mounted on the fuselage. The MC-130J is the latest Air Force special operations version of the Hercules, intended to penetrate into denied areas to insert, extract, or resupply special operations forces, as well as refuel helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft.

The new effort, known as the MC-130J Amphibious Capability, or MAC, came to light today in a briefing given by U.S. Air Force Colonel Ken Kuebler, U.S. Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing (PEO-FW), at the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). At a media roundtable later in the day, Kuebler added that feasibility and operational studies regarding the project are going on now and that the command is working with unspecified "innovative partners" to hopefully prove out a lot of the concept using digital design tools. This, in turn, could help speed up the research and development and help keep costs low.

It's important to note that, while the concept art in Kuebler's briefing, seen at the top of this article, shows huge floats added to an MC-130J, he stressed that the MAC concept is looking for an amphibian aircraft able to operate from the land, as well as bodies of water. A basic floatplane would not be able to operate from land, but adding wheels to the floats could give it this capability. There are other possibilities, as well, for how the aircraft could be made truly amphibious.




RAAF C-130J Gets High-Speed SATCOM

J C Menon

20. November 2020

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has installed a high-speed Satellite Communications (SATCOM) system on a second C-130J HERCULES, providing in-flight internet connection to crew and passengers. A total of six aircraft will receive the upgrade with the first C-130J having been equipped with the antenna and associated avionics equipment in late 2017.

The RAAF is the first C-130J Hercules operator in the world to install the Ka-band SATCOM system in its fleet. This allows live-streaming of high-definition video and connectivity to headquarters and other nodes around the world. The Ka-band capability substantially increases the bandwidth compared to L Band, enabling increased data transmission and simultaneous connections by multiple users. Commander Air Mobility Group Air Commodore Carl Newman said the high-speed SATCOM capability would allow aircrew and passengers to better respond during dynamic scenarios.

Greater Connectivity

Historically, crew and passengers on a HERCULES have been limited to using HF radio for long-range communication while in flight. In 2015, Air Force began equipping its fleet of 12 C-130Js with L-band SATCOM, which provided global voice and limited data connectivity. Each Ka-band modification requires fitting a SATCOM antenna and fairing on the spine of the Hercules, along with equipment inside the cargo bay to provide local and wireless area networks.

No. 37 Squadron, which operates Air Force's C-130J fleet from RAAF Base Richmond, will receive a third aircraft with the Ka-band SATCOM capability by April next year. The modification is undertaken by Airbus Australia Pacific at RAAF Base Richmond, utilising an antenna provided by Honeywell and connectivity to the Inmarsat network. This year, RAAF conducted a trial to remotely pilot an Unmanned Aerial System using the Ka-band SATCOM antenna while the aircraft was in flight. In late 2017, the SATCOM was used during Operation Christmas Drop, live-streaming video on Facebook during an airdrop of supplies to a remote West Pacific atoll.

A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.


Collins Aerospace receives new orders for C-130 NP2000 propeller system

Raytheon Technologies company Collins Aerospace Systems announced on 14 September that it will deliver NP2000 propeller systems for 30 more Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules aircraft operated by the US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.


Collins Aerospace Systems has received an order for an additional 30 of its NP2000 propeller systems to be installed on US Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft, according to a company statement.

With the receipt of this new order, bringing the total order to 55 C-130Hs, Collins Aerospace continues progress toward the USAF's plan to retrofit roughly 160 C-130H aircraft with the NP2000 system. The NP2000 features eight composite blades and a digital electronic propeller control system (EPCS) that brings a 20% thrust increase during take-off, a 20 db sound reduction in the cockpit, and a 50% reduction in maintenance man-hours.

Collins Aerospace Systems is now under contract to deliver 91 NP2000 systems to various Pentagon customers. The company has installed 34 of its 91 NP2000 orders from these Department of Defense customers.

Collins Aerospace Systems has 24 orders from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to install new propeller systems on the C/KC-130T aircraft and has installed 17. Collins Aerospace Systems has installed all 10 orders for the NP2000 on the USAF 109th Airlift Wing's LC-130 aircraft.

The company has also installed its two orders from the USAF Air Worthiness Review (AWR) for the NP2000 on the unit's C-130H test aircraft. Of its 55 orders for the NP2000 from the Air Force Reserve and ANG for their C-130H platforms, Collins Aerospace Systems has installed five.



Via twitter.com/FMangosingINQ

PH Air Force turns one of its C-130 cargo planes into a proper maritime patrol aircraft with the acquisition of Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (Sabir) system from the US. @inquirerdotnet


KC-130J completes successful Harvest HAWK Plus testing

The Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) Integrated Warfighting Capability (IWC) Weapons team celebrated a successful five-week developmental and integrated test (DT/IT) live fire event utilizing a newly configured KC-130J with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+) installed.  The HH+ flawlessly completed multiple sorties, demonstrating successful strikes on both fixed and moving targets.

"The successful employment of this capability during live fire closed out the developmental and integrated test and positioned us to move into the follow-on test and evaluation phase of the program. The KJ IWC team did an outstanding job with our industry partners to correct hardware and software deficiencies with such dramatic results.  The HH+ weapons kit will provide a significant combat multiplier to the Marine Air Ground Task Force," said CAPT Steve Nassau, PMA-207 Program Manager.

The live fire test, conducted at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California also included four dedicated tactical integration flights to support operational test objective in conjunction with the weapons tactics instructor (WTI) course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

"These flights proved to be some of the most fruitful flights of the entire detachment," said Major Nate Houle, test pilot/project officer for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX-20). "The repeated ability of multiple fleet operators to rapidly learn and employ the system in an operationally relevant tactical scenario within a short time span became a staple of each flight. To a Marine, each operator left the flight impressed with the system and eager for fleet deployment."

Houle goes on to recommended that any opportunities to integrate DT/IT with WTI courses in the future should be capitalized on.

"The success of the live fire event was directly attributed to the selfless dedication and hard work of the KJ IWC IPT, Fleet Marines, VX-20 test personnel, China Lake Range personnel, industry partners and MAWTS-1 Marines.  This is a testament to inter-agency cooperation and team work that needs to be nutured for future efforts as a recipe for success," said Brian Katafiaz, PMA-207 KC-130J Integrated Warfighting Capability IPT Lead.

The HH+ mission is to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with extended endurance multi-sensor imagery, reconnaissance and on-call close air support capabilities.  The HH+ is an upgrade to the original Harvest HAWK roll-on, roll-off precision strike package weapons system.

Not to rest on their successes, the KJ IWC team is developing an engineering change proposal (ECP) to improve the Hellfire weapons capacity and allow for future capability expansion. This ECP will ensure the KJ platform is sensor shooter, electronic warfare and digitally interoperable capable, and in line with the Deputy Commandant for Aviation's goal.



Close look at the USAF's first eight-blade C-130H

Upgraded C-130 arrives for testing

The first to cut through an unusual afternoon fog was the sound that seemed like a swarm of millions of insects angrily buzzing in unison. Then, the nose of a C-130 popped through that dense whiteness followed by 32 spinning blades creating the ominous sound.

The Air Force's first fully upgraded C-130H arrived here Jan. 11 to begin testing.

The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing-owned aircraft will be here for several months undergoing multiple test flights. The goal of these evaluations is to collect data and confirm the increased fuel efficiency, reliability and overall performance improvements gained from the new propellers and upgraded engines.

The benefits of the upgrades include shorter take-off roll, improved climb, quieter operations, and lower operating and support costs, according to Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the program office for the test.

"With these modifications, we'll see significant improvements that are needed to ensure longevity and mission flexibility," said Maj. Leanna Thomas, 153rd AW C-130H pilot.

The flight testing will be conducted by 153rd AW and C-130 Combined Test Force aircrews. ANG Airmen will maintain the aircraft during its time here.

The Wyoming Air National Guard was chosen specifically to receive the C-130H because of its involvement in the initial testing with the new systems in 2008, when the Air Force explored the idea of upgrading the H-model.

"When we add these modifications to all of our aircraft, we will greatly increase the reliability and performance of the C-130H," said Col. Justin Walrath, 153rd AW commander.



Upgraded C-130H legacy aircraft

CHEYENNE – It was a historic day for the Wyoming Air National Guard on Saturday as a modernized C-130H Hercules aircraft flew into Cheyenne for the first time.

The H model C-130s are considered "legacy" airplanes in the Air National Guard, crafted about 30 years ago. Newer J model aircraft are still being manufactured, but cost taxpayers a pretty penny. By making three separate engine-related modifications to improve the performance of the legacy models, the military is able to make good use of its budget, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its missions and better ensure the safety of men and women in uniform.

"It's a culmination of years of effort for the (153rd Airlift Wing based in Cheyenne) and for the Wyoming Air National Guard," said Col. Paul Lyman, Wyoming Air National Guard commander. "It started as a vision of senior leadership and partnering with industry ... to improve on a plane we already had."

The upgrades include:
•Installation of four Rolls-Royce T56 series 3.5 engines to improve aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and reliability through the use of redesigned air inlet housing, updated turbine and improved compressor blades and seals.
•Implementing digitally-controlled Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation modular and composite eight-bladed propeller systems to replace four metal propellers and provide increased low-speed operational performance and decrease propeller maintenance time.
•Replacing advanced electronic propeller control systems with hydraulic controls to increase propeller acceleration response while an in-flight propeller balancing system decreases maintenance down-time.

Many airmen witnessing the modified C-130 land Saturday commented not only on the eight-blade propellers, but on how quiet the aircraft was compared to the other seven legacy models on the base.

"(Saturday) is a hugely exciting day to not only see the propellers, but also the engines behind the propellers," Lyman said. "It's a great, exciting day for Wyoming and the 153rd."

The successful modification of the legacy model demonstrates an ability to extend the life and usefulness of the decades-old aircraft by 30-40 years, Lyman said.

The H model ended production about 20 years ago, said Col. Kevin Campbell, National Guard director of plans and requirements. Around 30 years ago, the production of J models started, and continues to this day. Modifying the H models costs around 10-20 percent of the price tag for a new J model, Campbell said.

With the H model comprising the vast majority of aircraft flown in the Air National Guard, he said the cost-savings of upgrading legacy models will add up.

Campbell said the project couldn't have happened without the men and women of the 153rd Airlift Wing and Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, adjunct general for Wyoming and Wyoming Military Department director.

"They have been an instrumental part in volunteering manpower, time and the aircraft to do all this testing," he said.

The modified aircraft flew into Cheyenne on Saturday from Kiln, Mississippi, for minor maintenance and a wash before it heads south to Florida for two years of testing.

Newer J model aircraft have higher-performance levels than the legacy models. How the upgraded H model aircraft compares to the newer aircraft will be one of the things airmen will be looking at during the upcoming testing.

"All we have now is postulated data, but we will see performance (with the H model) that is on the par with the J model," Campbell said.

"There are going to be areas where the J model will still outperform and there are areas where this airplane might show more capability. But the goal was getting J model-like performance without having the money to go out and buy 172 more J models."


Not SOFt on C-130J

Lockheed Martin is positioning its C-130J-SOF export variant as the go-to aircraft for special operation forces helicopter and fixed-wing refuelling needs.

Pushing hard on the international market, the tanker is poised for sales opportunities as the Airbus Defence and Space A400M loses further ground as it deals with gear box, crack issues and engine problems.

Furthermore, the A400M programme has struggled to meet objectives on time, with several issues being identified including the inability to launch paratroopers through both rear doors and refuelling helicopters.

However, as of April of this year France had received 11 A400M aircraft; Germany nine; Malaysia four; Spain one; Turkey three; and the UK totalling 14.

With this uncertainty in mind, Lockheed Martin officials at the Dubai Airshow commented that the C-130 and the J Model is the only platform able to refuel fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft.

'Back in Paris [Airshow 2017], we launched the C-130J special operations forces aircraft. Now, the important thing to note about this aircraft is frankly we have taken already proven capabilities which were spread across many different international customers,' a spokesperson commented.

'This [aircraft] is more geared towards the international market... The primary elements of this aircraft are its air refuelling, so it is a tanker, it can refuel fixed-wing as well as helicopters.'

Helicopter operators prefer to refuel at 110-115kt which is met by the platform, the spokesperson added.

The C-130J-SOF armament options include wing mounted Hellfire missiles and an internal 30mm GAU-23 Bushmaster gun using an Orbital ATK roll-on/roll-off pallet allowing installation in less than four hours.

Regarding the Orbital ATK gun, the spokesperson confirmed that it would be fired out of the left-hand side of the aircraft.

'We have put an EO/IR sensor on the nose and we could also put Hellfire missiles off of the hardpoints on the outer wing... We are quite convinced by the armed capabilities of the C-130J SOF.'

'[In relation to the] forward air refuelling point -  we've added some technology to the aircraft so when it lands it can refuel anything on the ground that uses jet fuel. We put single port refuelling receptacles on the outer air refuelling pod – so you can attach hoses and refuel directly from the pods on the outer wing,' said the spokesperson.

The tanker has been qualified to refuel a number of military rotorcraft including the Sikorsky CH-53 and UH-60 Black Hawk and the Boeing CH-47 Chinook. When asked about future platforms and existing platforms not yet qualified the spokesperson confirmed, 'as long as it has a pod we can refuel it.'



Citaat van: Harald op 21/06/2017 | 09:30 uur
Paris Air Show 2017: LM launches production SOF variant of C-130J for export


Depending on the configuration, the cost per aircraft would run anywhere from the mid-$70 million to mid-$80 million mark. A C-130J-SOF equipped for aerial refueling would sell for upward of that, Frese said.

The aircraft can be configured for a variety of missions, including ISR, inserting and extracting special operations personnel, airdrop resupply, and armed overwatch.

Frese was hesitant to compare the C-130J-SOF with U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's AC-130 and MC-130, citing customer sensitivities. But compared to a baseline C-130J, the special operations version has more powerful generators and comes equipped with several sensors and communications systems — like an electro-optical/infrared sensor, satellite communications, and wideband data link — which would not normally come already installed. The aircraft is also constructed with additional armoring and provisions for aerial refueling, he said.



Paris Air Show 2017: LM launches production SOF variant of C-130J for export

Lockheed Martin officials launched the C-130J-SOF at the Paris Air Show on 20 June, the first ever special operations forces (SOF)-configured production variant of the Super Hercules transport aircraft to be offered for export.

The baseline C-130J-SOF comes in an ISR configuration that features an electro-optic/infrared imaging system in a turret under the nose, upgraded 60/90 KVA generators and 400 amp regulated transformer rectifier units that double the original electrical capacity of the C-130J, an armour protection system and lower fuselage protection for improved survivability under hostile fire, added crew stations for mission systems, automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B) out positioning technology, microvanes to increase fuel efficiency, and external fuel tanks for increased range and mission loiter time.


The new multi-mission aircraft is designed to meet the unique demands of special operations forces (SOF) around the world, said Tony Frese, company vice president of business development for air mobility and maritime missions.

The C-130J-SOF will provide international partners the capability to do crucial SOF missions such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); airdrop resupply; personnel recovery; humanitarian relief; infiltration; exfiltration; and resupply of SOF personnel, said Frese. The new variant can also be configured for armed overwatch by adding special mission equipment options such as a 30-mm gun and Hellfire missiles, helicopter/fighter/vertical lift aerial refueling, and Forward Area Refueling Point operations.



Tamarack Aerospace Group pitches winglets for C-130

Tamarack Aerospace Group is offering to work with Lockheed Martin to equip the US Air Force's (USAF's) fleet of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with its ATLAS active winglets which, the company claims, reduce fuel consumption at the same time as extending the service life of the wing.

The Idaho-based based company is looking to present its technology to Lockheed Martin in the hope of launching a collaborative effort to help solve the fuel reduction mandates required by the USAF, IHS Jane's was told.

"We have confidence in our models that we can give the C-130 a 10% improvement in fuel savings. Other benefits include an extension of the wing life, better hot and high performance, a potential to increase gross weight and maximum zero fuel weights, slower stall speeds, and shorter landing and take-off requirements," company spokesperson Bill Mitchell said on 26 September.

Tamarack Aerospace Group's interest in a potential collaboration with Lockheed Martin stems from the news earlier in the year that the USAF had commenced winglet trials with its MC-130J Commando II special mission aircraft. Engineers from the 413th Flight Test Squadron modified an MC-130J with winglets in April as part of a trial to ascertain possible fuel efficiencies Martin in accordance with contracted research and design (CRAD) funding granted by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in September 2014. Eight test sorties of the winglet-equipped MC-130J were flown out of at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, though the findings have not been disclosed.

According to Mitchell, the winglets developed by Tamarack Aerospace Group differ from those developed elsewhere to reduce wing loading also, and thereby increase the wing's service life. "We have patented a load alleviation device that 'aerodynamically turns off the winglets' during those rare moments when 'g' forces are high. The system is constantly monitoring and predicting gusts and/or manoeuvres, and 'positions' the Tamarack Active Camber Surface (TACS) as necessary to eliminate the additional loads that a static winglet would normally affect.



8 bladige propellers NP2000 (onderzoek uit 2010, welke wel toegepast is bij de E-2C/D Hawkeye, de huidige C-130J heeft een 6 bladige propellor)

"The NP2000 propeller system provides shorter take-off roll, improved climb, fuel savings with improved cruise performance, quieter operations, and lower operating and support costs for C-130 users",

Double the blades means more power, efficiency

Engineers testing eight-blade prop for C-130

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USAF picks up C-130 winglet trials after Lockheed Martin abandoned them

The US Air Force (USAF) is trialling the use of winglets on its MC-130J Commando II special mission aircraft, three years after Lockheed Martin abandoned the concept for the baseline transport variant.

Engineers from the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida have modified an MC-130J with winglets and performed eight test flights to investigate their effect on fuel efficiency, it was announced on 19 April.

The USAF has not released findings from the experiment.

The USAF trial comes three years after Lockheed Martin abandoned its own efforts to integrate winglets onto the baseline C-130J, saying they had failed to deliver the substantial fuel savings it had hoped for.

Company officials said in 2013 that the technology didn't fit the geometry of the C-130's straight wing. "We have a design, but we have not convinced ourselves through wind tunnel testing that it provides enough economies to warrant the expense of modifying the aircraft," said Jack Crisler, Lockheed Martin's then vice-president for the C-130J programme.

Lockheed Martin had earlier anticipated winglets would cut fuel consumption by between 5% and 7%.

The company also examined the use of fuselage-mounted guide vanes and strakes to cut drag and save fuel. Tests of these on both a legacy C-130H and the C-130J had more positive results, according to Lockheed Martin.

Despite abandoning winglets after the unsuccessful trials, Lockheed Martin said at the time it would revisit the concept should the technology advance to become viable for the C-130.



Extra info, over de wijzigingen


Interessante wijzigingen, welke brandstof besparing en vergroting van vliegduur en range in combinatie van belading kan betekenen.

Zijn dit de voorlopers van de aanpassingen naar de nieuwe C-130NG


Lockheed flight tests C-130 airframe mods

Lockheed Martin has begun flight testing several aerodynamic modifications – including winglets – for the C-130 Hercules in a bid to increase the efficiency of the aircraft and potentially save millions of dollars in annual fuel bills.

The modifications include 5ft winglets and 3D-printed 'microvanes', which are small fibre-glass strips