The Royal Australian Air Force operates the Hercules C-130J transport aircraft from No 37 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Richmond, near Sydney.
The C-130J Hercules, introduced in 1999, is a key part of the Air Force fleet, providing medium to long range transport.
The C-130J is capable of carrying approximately 120 passengers or seven pallets of cargo. Its ability to land on short unsurfaced air strips makes it highly desirable for regional air lift.
The C-130J is capable of performing tactical and strategic transport duties including troop transport, Special Forces insertion, parachuting personnel, and airdrop of stores and equipment. The C-130J is an important asset in Australia’s search and survivor assistance and disaster relief efforts.
The C-130J is also compatible with night-vision goggles and electronic counter-measures.
“We are all in the business of flying 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, delivering cargo where it’s needed.” - Group Captain Donald Sutherland