C-130J Super Hercules: Cargo Aircraft

Always evolving, continually innovating, and ready for what’s next, the C-130J Super Hercules leads the charge, setting standards and shaping the future of tactical airlift missions. As the backbone of NATO's airlift superiority, it spans 26 operators across 22 nations, amplifying forces and ensuring interoperability. With nearly three million flight hours logged across the global fleet of 540+ C-130Js, invaluable insights gained from missions in every scenario equip the C-130J for what’s next. 

Unrivaled Versatility

One aircraft, many missions ... no aircraft in history or operation today can match the C- 130J’s 18 certified, diverse, multi-mission capabilities. These capabilities are either built as a production variant or can be provided through a roll-on/roll-off configuration, providing additional resources with a short turn around installation time. Learn more about our production variants:




Proven Performance

The C-130J’s performance is proven with more than 2 million flight hours supporting tactical airlift, search and rescues, special operations, commercial, and refueling missions around the globe. The global fleet's operating community has access to Lockheed Martin's unique insights to keep the aircraft mission ready, offered through channels including:

  • 24/7 Customer Support Center
  • Field Support teams
  • Robust HercFusion data analytics for advanced predictive fleet operations optimization
  • Full catalog of Aeronautics Capabilities Solutions for post-production enhancements
  • Spares pooling
  • Partnership with Derco, a Lockheed Martin company that is a leader in spares, component refresh/replenishment, logistics and technical solutions around the world


Enhanced Capability

The C-130J is faster, goes further and holds more compared to legacy platforms, translating to greater power and enhanced capabilities. The C-130J Super Hercules is the most advanced C-130 ever designed, built, flown and maintained, with a truly integrated digital core that offers:

  • Dual HUDs for increased situational awareness
  • Block 7.0/8.1 software, installed in-line during production
  • Automated maintenance fault reporting
  • Integrated defensive suite
  • 250 knot ramp/door 



Global Scale

The global C-130 family ― to include legacy and Super Hercules operators ― spans 70 nations. A truly worldwide supply chain builds and supports the C-130 enterprise. When it comes to the C-130J, support is always close by thanks to in-person, real-time, global resources operated out of six continents.

Latest News   ___
Jun 18, 2024
Press Release
Lockheed Martin recently delivered the 2,700th Hercules multi-mission tactical airlifter, increasing the size, reach and strength of the worldwide C-130 fleet.
Jun 18, 2024
The 2,700th C-130 Hercules has joined the global fleet, marking a significant achievement in tactical airlift.
Jun 06, 2024
Third Party Article
Hurricane Hunters fly WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft – a cargo plane fitted with weather data-gathering equipment.
Flight Hour Awards   ___

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics presents milestone pins and certificates for C-130 pilots and crew members who log 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; and 10,000 hours on a C-130 (legacy, C-130Js and L-100s).

To request pins/certificates, please email: fieldassignment.support@lmco.com

Questions? Call +1 (770) 494-9189

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Contacts   ___


Stephanie Stinn
Office: (770) 494-0489
Mobile: (678) 761-6687

Rob Toth
Director of Air Mobility & Maritime Missions Domestic Campaigns 
Office: (817) 777-3919
Mobile: (682) 760-7288

Nick Smythe 
Director of Air Mobility & Maritime Missions International Campaigns 
Office: +1 (817) 935-3356
Mobile: +1 (678) 294-4839