C-130J-30 Hercules

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.


Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Role Tactical and medium transport
  • Pilot 
  • Co-pilot 
  • Loadmaster
Length 34.4m
Height 10.1m
Wingspan 40.4m
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)
Ceiling 40,000 feet
Cruise speed 643 km/h

Depending on configuration:

  • up to 124 passengers
  • 88 paratroops
  • 84 stretcher patients and four medical attendants
  • 19,598kg of cargo
Weapons Self-protection measures