C-130J Hercules transport aircraft2018-04-23T07:23:55+00:00

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With a heritage going back to the 1960s, the Hercules remains an important part of the RAF’s air transport fleet and is expected to stay in service until the mid-2030s.

Hercules at a glance

  • The RAF operates the C-130J Hercules, flown by three squadrons based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
  • The C-130J’s improved engines and advanced propellers, coupled with a digital engine-control system, give the aircraft increased take-off thrust and better fuel efficiency.
  • The aircraft has a revised flight deck with a modern glass cockpit and head-up displays, fully compatible with the use of night-vision goggles.
  • The DE&S C-130J Delivery Team is made up of a mix of civil servants and Service personnel, responsible for providing logistic support and capability enhancements to the RAF’s fleet.
  • The Delivery Team is partnered with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Rolls Royce to provide maintenance and support through the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) contract.

DE&S – the force behind the armed forces

“The Hercules has been part of the Royal Airforce Transport Fleet for over 40 years. The latest version, the C-130J, continues that theme and I am proud to be part of a committed and professional team within DE&S, which will play an important part in supporting the aircraft now and in the future.”

Group Captain Scott Wray, DE&S C-130J Protect Team Leader

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