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Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II


General Transport / Search and Rescue (SAR) / Aerial Refueling Aircraft (2013)


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High angled left side view of a Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II achieving flight; USAF image.

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The Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II is a modernized version of the HC-130N and -P models in service with the USAF.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/15/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platform utilized by the United States Air Force (USAF) and is based on the modified KC-130J aerial refueler. It is intended as the successor to the HC-130P and HC-130N models and continues the popular line of high-wing transports begun with the classic Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" model. The Combat King II is used in the recovery of allied personnel through advanced onboard systems and robust Short Take-Off and Landing functionality as well as rough field operations.

First flight of a prototype was recorded on July 29th, 2010. Operational capability was achieved during 2013.

The Combat King II retains the same basic design arrangement as the C-130 and incorporates mission equipment for its given role. This includes an improved navigation system and onboard countermeasures suite while threat detection is also augmented from previous offerings. The aircraft is also plumbed to deliver fuel to other airborne elements and its cargo hold served in the airdrop role as directed. The HC-130J combines the services of the HC-130/MC-130 lines - both related to the original C-130 in a modern military end-product. It is typically operated in night time hours to minimize its profile against ground-based fire and launched missile threats.

Power for the model is served through 4 x Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engines set in pairs across either wing element. Each engine produces approximately 4,590 shaft horsepower affording the aircraft an operating weight near 89,000lbs and a maximum take-off weight of 164,000lbs. Maximum speed is about 365 miles per hour with a range beyond 4,000 miles. Service ceiling is listed as 33,000 feet.

Dimensions include a wingspan of 132 feet, 7 inches, a length of 97 feet, 9 inches and a height of 38 feet, 9 inches. Payload capacity is 35,000lbs. A basic crew is five and includes two pilots, a Combat Systems Officer (CSO) and two dedicated loadmasters.

April 2020 - The United States Air Force Reserve has taken delivery of its first HC-130J "Combat King II" aircraft. This example will be operated by the 920th Rescue Wing of Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Specifications



Service Year
2013

Origin
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United States

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
5

Production
35
UNITS


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Aerial Refueling (Tanker)
Dedicated or converted airframe used to deliver fuel to awaiting allied aircraft.
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.


Length
97.0 ft
(29.57 m)
Width/Span
132.5 ft
(40.40 m)
Height
38.0 ft
(11.58 m)
Empty Wgt
89,067 lb
(40,400 kg)
MTOW
164,024 lb
(74,400 kg)
Wgt Diff
+74,957 lb
(+34,000 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II production variant)
Installed: 4 x Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engines developing 4,591 horsepower each.
Max Speed
364 mph
(585 kph | 316 kts)
Ceiling
32,808 ft
(10,000 m | 6 mi)
Range
3,999 mi
(6,435 km | 11,918 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,830 ft/min
(558 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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HC-130J "Combat King II" - Base Series Designation


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