The Coast Guard’s HC-130H Hercules and HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft provide heavy air transport and meet long-range maritime patrol requirements in vast areas of responsibility.
The Coast Guard is acquiring a fleet of new, fully missionized HC-130J aircraft to replace the existing fleet of older HC-130Hs.
The HC-130Js have more advanced engine and propellers, which provide a 20 percent increase in speed and altitude, and a 40 percent increase in range over the HC-130H. These new aircraft also feature state-of-the-market avionics, including all-glass cockpit displays and improved navigation equipment. The HC-130Js’ suite of command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, comparable to that of the HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft, helps to extend the fleet’s mission capabilities. The aircraft is capable of serving as an on-scene command and control platform or as a surveillance platform with the means to detect, classify and identify objects and share that information with operational forces.
Each HC-130J missionization includes an extensive, 12-month refit of its airframe and installation of integrated radar, sensor and communications systems at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Global Sustainment facility in Greenville, S.C.
The existing fleet of HC-130Hs was recently upgraded with state-of-the-market surface search radar and C4ISR equipment as an interim measure to help aircrews perform missions more effectively.