Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
C-130J Hercules

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

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Role Medium tactical and multi-role 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