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Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II

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

United States | 2013

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

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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.

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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.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II General Transport / Search and Rescue (SAR) / Aerial Refueling Aircraft.
4 x Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engines developing 4,591 horsepower each.
364 mph
585 kph | 316 kts
Max Speed
32,808 ft
10,000 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
3,999 miles
6,435 km | 3,475 nm
Operational Range
1,830 ft/min
558 m/min
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II General Transport / Search and Rescue (SAR) / Aerial Refueling Aircraft.
97.0 ft
29.57 m
O/A Length
132.5 ft
(40.40 m)
O/A Width
38.0 ft
(11.58 m)
O/A Height
89,067 lb
(40,400 kg)
Empty Weight
164,024 lb
(74,400 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Notable series variants as part of the Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II family line.
HC-130J "Combat King II" - Base Series Designation
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 35 Units

Contractor(s): Lockheed Martin - USA
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Image of the Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
High angled left side view of a Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II achieving flight; USAF image.

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