Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules History

The Lockheed HC-130 is based on the standard C-130H model which introduced updated Allison T56-A-15 series turboprop engines. The wings were also redesigned and improvements made internally to the cockpit systems. Introduced in 1964, the C-130H proved a hugely popular model in the C-130 Hercules line as a whole. H-models were then, themselves, improved in a 1974 upgrade. The United States Coast Guard took on a stock of C-130H models for the long-range, Search and Rescue (SAR) role and uses it in a myriad of other border enforcement sorties. A surface search radar is standard equipment on USCG models.

43 examples of the HC-130 were taken on by the United States Air Force (USAF) with some 12 adopted by the USCG. USAF models include the HC-130H and HC-130J models. The USCG models are HC-130H and HC-130J.

The HC-130J is the "Super Hercules" version of the HC-130 line for the USCG. HC-130H models are expected to be upgraded to the newer J-standard. J-models introduce more powerful turboprop engines with composite propeller blades and increased performance specifications producing a longer-range, faster and higher flying product. Avionics are wholly modern as is onboard navigational assistance.

Due to the J-model standard implementation, it is expected that the HC-130 line will progress operationally well into 2027.

Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules Specification

BASICS

Year:
1964
Crew:
7

MANUFACTURING

[ 75 Units ]:
Lockheed Martin - USA

ROLES

- Search and Rescue (SAR)

- Reconnaissance (RECCE)

DIMENSIONS

Length:

97.77 ft (29.8 m)

Width/Span:

132.55 ft (40.4 m)

Height:

38.06 ft (11.6 m)

WEIGHTS

Empty Weight:

76,778 lb (34,826 kg)

MTOW:

175,001 lb (79,379 kg)

(Diff: +98,223lb)

POWER

4 x Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines delivering 4,300 shaft horsepower each.

PERFORMANCE

Maximum Speed:

380 mph (611 kph; 330 kts)

Service Ceiling:

32,808 feet (10,000 m; 6.21 miles)

Maximum Range:

5,179 miles (8,334 km; 4,500 nm)

ARMAMENT

None.

VARIANTS

HC-130H - Specialized rescue version of the C-130H Hercules; 55 examples produced for USAF (43) and USCG (12).

HC-130N - Based on the HC-130H with revised equipment; usage by the USAF.

HC-130P - Based on the HC-130H; provision for in-flight refueling of rotary-wing aircraft; 20 examples produced; usage by the USAF.

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