Lockheed Martin completed the maiden flight for the US Air Force’s HC-130J personnel recovery aircraft on 29 July 2010 at its facility in Marietta, Georgia, US.
The HC-130J, which will be delivered to the US Air Force’s Air Combat Command in September 2010, will reach initial operational capability in 2012.
The Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130J variant of this aircraft will fly in the beginning of 2011.
The HC-130J includes advanced multispectral sensors and 60/90 kVA generators, expanded avionics, modernised refuelling system and enhanced cargo handling system.
It will provide airdrop / airland, low-level helicopter air-to-air refuelling and forward-area ground refuelling capability.