C-130J Hercules Model
The initial production of C-130 was the C-130A having four Allison T-56-A-11 or -9 turboprops. A total of 219 C-130s were ordered and delivered by December 1956. The C-130J Hercules is the newest version of the Hercules. The aircraft features new Rolls-Royce Allison AE2100 turboprops with six-bladed composite scimitar propellers digital avionics reduced crew requirements increased reliability and lower operating costs. The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology to reduce manpower requirements lower operating and support cost and life cycle cost savings compared to earlier C-130 models. The C-130 can accommodate 92 combat troops. It also flies at a higher cruise speed and lands in a shorter distance. The first delivery of the C-130J began in 1999. The USAF was the largest operator ordering the aircraft in increased numbers. The C-130J has several major improvements such as advanced two-pilot flight station color multi-functional LCD and head-up displays state-of-the-art technology reducing manpower requirements low power color radar digital moving map display new turboprop engines with six-bladed all composite propellers digital auto pilot and improved fuel environmental and ice protection systems. As of December 2006 a total procurement of C-130J reached 186 orders. There s another purchase of six C-130J aircraft upon request by the Indian Air Force. By mid 2007 the C-130J sales will be finalized. The C-130J will eventually replace the C-130Es and C-130Hs.