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Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules

Long-Range Surveillance / Search and Rescue (SAR) Aircraft

Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules

Long-Range Surveillance / Search and Rescue (SAR) Aircraft

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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Lockheed HC-130H Hercules of the USAF and USCG is a specialized surveillance and SAR version of the C-130H Hercules.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1964
MANUFACTURER(S): Lockheed Martin - USA
PRODUCTION: 75
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Lockheed HC-130H Hercules model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 7
LENGTH: 97.77 feet (29.8 meters)
WIDTH: 132.55 feet (40.4 meters)
HEIGHT: 38.06 feet (11.6 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 76,778 pounds (34,826 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 175,001 pounds (79,379 kilograms)
ENGINE: 4 x Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines delivering 4,300 shaft horsepower each.
SPEED (MAX): 380 miles-per-hour (611 kilometers-per-hour; 330 knots)
RANGE: 5,179 miles (8,334 kilometers; 4,500 nautical miles)
CEILING: 32,808 feet (10,000 meters; 6.21 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model 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.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules Long-Range Surveillance / Search and Rescue (SAR) Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/13/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
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.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (380mph).

    Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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