Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
C-130J Hercules

The C-130J Hercules is a medium-sized tactical air lifter. Capable of carrying 120 passengers, or seven pallets of cargo, their ability to land on short or unsurfaced airstrips makes them highly desirable for regional air lift in conjunction with the C-27J Spartan.

Based at RAAF Base Richmond, the 12 C-130J Hercules are also capable of air dropping supplies and parachuting personnel.

The 12 C-130J Hercules are an important air link with the Middle East, carrying supplies and personnel between locations in theatre.

The C-130J is an important asset in Australia’s search and survivor assistance and disaster relief efforts. The C-130J aircraft were an integral part of Operation PAKISTAN ASSIST II, Operation PACIFIC ASSIST, Operation CHRISTCHURCH ASSIST, Operation YASI ASSIST, Operation ACCORDION and Operation OKRA.

The C-130J is also compatible with night-vision goggles and electronic counter-measures.

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Role Tactical and medium transport
Crew Pilot, co-pilot, loadmaster
Engine Four Allison AE2100D3 turboprops (4,590 shaft horsepower each) driving 6-blade variable-pitch propellers
Airframe Length: 34.4 m  Height: 10.1m
Wingspan 40.4m
Weight 79,378kg maximum (19,500kg payload)
Cruise Speed 643 km/h
Range 6,852 km (no payload)
Ceiling 40,000 feet

Depending on configuration:

  • 128 passengers
  • 74 paratroops
  • 97 stretcher patients and two medical attendants; or
  • 19,598kg of cargo
  • self-protection measures