The C-130J-30 Hercules is a medium-sized tactical air-lifter which can deliver cargo to airfields with short unsurfaced runways, and airdrop cargo and paratroops by parachute.
A fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Hercules are operated from RAAF Base Richmond by No. 37 Squadron. The aircraft were delivered to the base between 1999 and 2001.
The Australian Defence Force relies extensively on the C-130J-30 when deploying personnel and aid. The aircraft can also be used in other roles, such as search and survivor assistance, and medical evacuation.
The C-130J-30 Hercules can carry up to 124 passengers, or eight pallets of cargo. It can work alongside other airlifters, including the C-27J Spartan and C-17A Globemaster III.
Upgrades to the C-130J-30 have enhanced communications and information-sharing, and improved the aircraft's endurance during battle.
|Role||Tactical and medium transport|
|Weight||79,378kg maximum (19,500kg payload)|
|Engines||Four Rolls Royce AE2100D3 turboprops (4,691 shaft horsepower each) driving 6-blade variable-pitch propellers|
|Range||6,852 km (no payload)|
|Cruise speed||643 km/h|
Depending on configuration: