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.