Lockheed Completes Maiden US HC-130J Aircraft Flight

3 August 2010 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2010 18:30)

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 operationa

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.