HC-130J Combat King II

Product Type:

Personnel Recovery Aircraft
with Aerial Refueling Capability

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF)

Program Status:

In Production

Prime Contractor:

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Specifications Armament DoD Spending FY2014 Budget

The HC-130J Combat King II

About the HC-130J:





The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II is a military special mission and transport/aerial refueling aircraft. The HC-130J is the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform in the U.S. Air Force inventory and is an extended-range version of the C-130J Hercules tactical airlift aircraft. The aircraft's mission is to rapidly deploy to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary, all weather personnel recovery operations to include air-drop, air-land, helicopter aerial refueling, and forward area ground refueling missions. The HC-130J is based on the fully tested, combat proven KC-130J aerial refueling tanker, which is in service with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Helicopter aerial refueling can be conducted at night with blacked out communication with up to two helicopters simultaneously. Additionally, forward area refueling point operations can be executed to support forces on the ground.

The HC-130J is powered by four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines with 4,591 shp each.

In April 2006, the personnel recovery mission was transferred back to the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base (AFB), Virginia. From 2003 to 2006, the mission was under the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Previously, HC-130s were assigned to the Air Combat Command from 1992 to 2003. The 71st and 79th Rescue Squadrons in Air Combat Command, the 550th Special Operations Squadron in the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), the 920th Rescue Group in Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and the 106th Rescue Wing, 129th RQW and 176th Wing in the Air National Guard (ANC) will operate the aircraft.

The HC-130J is a result of the HC/MC-130 recapitalization program and replaces Air Combat Command's aging fleet of HC-130P/N King aircraft. It is expected that the USAF will purchase a total of 37 HC-130J aircraft. The HC-130J achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) status on April 25, 2013.

The HC-130J is equipped with dual inertial navigation and global positioning systems (INS/GPS); night vision goggle compatible interior and exterior lighting; forward-looking infrared (FLIR); BAE Systems AN/ALR-56M radar warning receiver (RWR), AN/AAR-47(V) missile warning system (MWS), and AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing system; Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) provisions; satellite and data-burst communications; dual under-wing air refueling pods; and the ability to receive fuel inflight via its Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI).

The HC-130J is operated by a crew of five, including three officers (pilot, co-pilot and combat system officer) and two loadmasters.

The Combat King II made its first flight in July 2010 and the first two production models were delivered in September 2011 - with two more aircraft arriving in August 2012. The first Air Combat Command aircraft was delivered to the 79th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB on September 24, 2011. The first training aircraft was delivered to the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB on September 29, 2011.

As of September 30, 2013, there are 7 HC-130Js in the USAF aircraft inventory.



Armament/Weapons:

None.



Price/Unit Cost:

The unit cost of the HC-130J is $77.39 million (flyaway cost in FY 2014).



Total Cost - Life of Program (LoP):

The total procurement cost of the HC/MC-130 Recapitalization program is $14.69 billion (estimated by the DoD) + $0.16 billion in research and development (RDT&E) funds, which means the total estimated program cost is $14.85 billion (numbers are aggregated annual funds spent over the life of the program and no price/inflation adjustment was made). This figure excludes military construction (MILCON) costs in support of the program in the amount of $248.9 million.



Mission/Role:

The HC-130J's mission is to rapidly deploy to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary, all weather personnel recovery operations to include airdrop, airland, helicopter aerial refueling, and forward area ground refueling missions. When tasked, the HC-130J also conducts humanitarian assistance operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation, and noncombatant evacuation operations.



FY 2014 DoD Program:

The Air Force will purchase 1 HC-130J aircraft in FY 2014. Procurement funds in the amount of $210.1 million has been allocated to the program.



FY 2015 DoD Program:

The Air Force will purchase 4 HC-130J aircraft in FY 2015. Procurement funds in the amount of $382.0 million has been allocated to the program.

For more information, click to see the FY 2015 USAF HC-130J Budget.




Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Lockheed Martin Corp.,
Northrop Grumman, and Rolls-Royce plc.

Last Update: October 28, 2014.

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard Balle /// (jkasper@bga-aeroweb.com)

External Resources:



Lockheed Martin: HC-130J Combat King II

YouTube: HC-130J Combat King II | YouTube Videos

Fact Sheet: HC-130J Combat King II | Fact Sheet

Total HC-/MC-130 Recap Program Cost:

 $14.85 billion  ($14.69B procurement + $0.16B RDT&E)

HC-/MC-130 Procurement Objective:

  131 aircraft

C-130 U.S. Defense Spending Charts:

DoD Spending on the C-130 Hercules in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
DoD Purchases of C-130J Hercules Aircraft in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
Defense Budget Data

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DoD Spending, Procurement and RDT&E: FY 2011/12/13 + Budget for FYs 2014 + 2015

DoD Defense Spending, Procurement, Modifications, Spares, and RDT&E for the C-130 Family of Aircraft

Download Official U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Data:

Purchases of HC-130J Aircraft (USAF) Modification of HC/MC-130 Aircraft (USAF)
Specifications

Aircraft Specifications: HC-130J Combat King II

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Primary Function: Fixed-wing personnel recovery aircraft with aerial refueling capability
Prime Contractor: Lockheed Martin Corp.
Power Plant: 4x Rolls-Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines with 4,591 shp each
Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.41 m)
Length: 97 ft 9 in (29.79 m)
Height: 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)
Weight (Empty): 89,000 lbs (40,370 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 164,000 lbs (74,390 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 61,360 lbs (27,830 kg)
Fuel Offload: Max. 21,000 lbs (9,525 kg) at 1,000 nm radius
Payload: 35,000 lbs (15,875 kg)
Speed: Cruise: 335 kts/386 mph (620 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,000 m)
Range: 3,476 nm/4,000 miles (6,437 km)
Armament/Weapons: None
Crew: Basic Crew: Three officers (pilot, co-pilot and combat systems officer) + two enlisted loadmasters
Price/Unit Cost: $77.4 million flyaway cost (in FY 2014)
First Flight: July 29, 2010
Deployed: September 2011; Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 25, 2013
Aircraft Inventory:
Total: 2 /// Active: 2; ANG: 0; Reserve: 0 (as of September 30, 2012)
Total: 7 /// Active: 7; ANG: 0; Reserve: 0 (as of September 30, 2013)

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