Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules is the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission flexibility in mind − combat delivery, air-to-air refueling, special operations, disaster relief and humanitarian missions − the C-130J has a unique mix of agility and performance to consistently execute high tempo operations efficiently and reliably. The design builds on Lockheed Martin’s more than 50 years of experience delivering military transport aircraft to more than 60 of the world’s air forces.
With unmatched capability and mission flexibility, the Royal Air Force C-130Js stand ready to go where others can't. Today it’s primarily a combat delivery platform. In the future it will expand its mission set to include deep penetration of RAF special forces, tactical Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and even possibly Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare.
Similar only in appearance to earlier models of the Hercules, the C-130J is an all-new aircraft. Major improvements include a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled digital flight deck designed for two-pilot operation and equipped with twin mission computers. Powerful, digitally-controlled Rolls-Royce engines, fitted with Dowty Aerospace advanced technology six-bladed composite propellers, enable the C-130J to fly much further, faster and higher than previous models. The C-130J is also the world’s first military transport aircraft to have a head-up display certified as the primary flight instrument for all stages of flight, and is the only airlifter with the range and flexibility for emerging theaters and evolving concepts of operation. This tactical transport aircraft has already proven itself in multiple missions, many in the harshest operating conditions possible.
With proven military durability and reliability, the C-130J is 40 percent more fuel-efficient, offers 21 percent more speed and has a 40 percent greater cruising altitude than previous models. In addition, improved technologies drastically reduce the requirements for maintenance and logistic support. The substantially lower through-life costs of owning and operating the C-130J make it the natural choice for any air force demanding an affordable multi-role transport capability.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has a total of 24 C-103J aircraft, which are used primarily for operational missions involving parachute ops and air dispatch. British industry participation in the world-wide C-130J programme is substantial, with an extensive supply chain extending from principle first tier suppliers such as Rolls-Royce (engines), GKN Aerospace (engine nacelles), Goodrich (Digital engine controls) and GE Aviation/Dowty Propellers (propellers and instrumentation) to niche SME’s.