Lockheed MC-130

Lockheed MC-130 is the basic designation for a family of special mission aircraft. The MC-130 mission is the infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces, and the air refueling of (primarily) special operations helicopter and tilt-rotor aircraft.

Role : STOL,Special Operations, Military Transport Aircraft
Manufacturer : Lockheed Corporation
First flight : MC-130J: April 2011
Introduced : MC-130E: 1966, MC-130P: 1986, MC-130H: 1991, MC-130W: 2006, MC-130J: 2012
Status : Active
Primary user : United States Air Force
Number built : MC-130E: 18, MC-130H: 24, MC-130P: 28, MC-130W: 12, MC-130J: 4
Unit cost : MC-130E $75 million, MC-130H $155 million, MC-130W $60 million
Developed from : C-130 Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules

Lockheed MC-130 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 7
  • Capacity: 77 troops, 52 paratroopers or 57 litter patients
  • Length: 99 feet, 9 inches (30.4 meters)
  • Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)
  • Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
  • Empty weight: 72,892 pounds (32, 801 kilogram)
  • Max takeoff weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilogram)
  • Powerplant: 4× Allison T56-A-15 turboprop, 4,910 shaft horsepower (3,660 kW) each

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 300 mi/hr (482 km/h)
  • Range: 2,700 nautical miles (4,344 kilometers)
  • Service ceiling: 33,000 feet (10,000 meters)

Avionics

  • APQ-170 TF/TA navigational radar
  • ARN-151 GPS link
  • APN-232 radar altimeter
  • LN-83 Inertial Navigation Unit
  • AAQ-15 Forward Looking Infrared imaging system
  • ARC-187 SatCom/data burst radio
  • ALQ-172 Countermeasures System (repeater-jammer)
  • ALQ-196 Countermeasures System
  • AAR-44 IRWR (missile warning receiver)
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