MC-130 COMBAT SPEAR
The aircraft is modified from C-130H in structure, refueling and cargo operations, and avionics. Structural improvements to the basic C-130H include the addition of the Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation or UARRSI, and a strengthened tail empennage. The UARRSI allows the aircraft to conduct in-flight refueling as a receiver, and strengthening of the tail will allow High Speed Low Level Aerial Delivery System airdrop operations. The MC-130W is equipped with Mk 32B-902E refueling pods. These pods are part of the most technologically advanced refueling system available, and provide the ability to refuel special operations helicopters and the CV-22 Osprey.
All systems are on the MIL-STD-1553 bus.
The navigation suite is a fully integrated Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System that interfaces with the AN/APN-241 Low Power Color Radar. Piloting is aided by a L-3 WESCAM MX-15 AN/AAQ-35 combined electro-optical and forward-looking infrared turret.
Threat detection comes from the AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning system. The infrared countermeasures was not limited to flares, but directed energy from the AN/ALQ-157 system. The aircraft has an AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser System [CMDS], is a "smart" dispenser that connects directly to infrared and radar warning receivers, release expendable and towed/retrivable decoys, as well as helping the pilot with situational awareness of the threat.
- Contractor: Lockheed
- Power Plant: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines
- Thrust: 4,910 shaft horsepower each engine
- Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)
- Length: 98 feet, 9 inches (30.09 meters)
- Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
- Speed: 300 mph
- Ceiling: 33,000 feet (10,000 meters)
- Maximum Takeoff Weight:155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
- Range: Range: 1,208 miles (1,944 kilometers); Inflight refueling extends this to unlimited range
- Weight: 75,745 pounds (34,430 kilograms)
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
- Fuel Capacity: 44,240 pounds (20,108 kilograms)
- Payload: 33,000 pounds (maximum) (14,969 kilograms)
- Crew: pilot, copilot, two navigators (officers), flight engineer and two loadmasters (enlisted)
- Initial operating capability: 2007
- Unit Cost: $60 million
- Inventory: Active force, 12 (planned)