MC-130J Commando II: For Aerial Refueling

Multimission Combat Transport & Special Ops Tanker

The MC-130J Commando II multimission combat transport/special operations tanker, assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), delivers increased combat performance to the warfighter with its more powerful engines and unique features. As it replaces the older MC-130N/P Combat Shadow II aircraft, the MC-130J provides AFSOC with a modern aircraft capable of worldwide employment for missions requiring clandestine single- or multi-ship low-level aerial refueling of Special Operation Force vertical and tilt-rotor aircraft and/or infiltration, resupply and exfiltration by airdrop, or landing on remote airfields.



Primary Function

Air refueling of SOF helicopter/tilt rotor aircraft, infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of SOF by airdrop or airland

Maximum Takeoff Weight

164,000 pounds


362 KTAS at 22,000 feet


3,000 miles unrefueled


28,000 feet with 42,000 pound payload


Two pilots, one combat systems officer (officers), and two loadmasters (enlisted)



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