MC-130 COMBAT TALON
Both the MC-130E and MC-130H are equipped with aerial refueling pods to provide in-flight refueling of special operations forces and combat search and rescue helicopters. They can also accept fuel from another tanker, extending their operational range.
The primary difference between the MC-130E and MC-130H involves omputers and avionics suite: the E-model started as a 1960s vintage analog design, wile the H-model, designed in the 1980s, has a full Tintegrated glass flight deck which improves crew coordination and reduces the crew complement by two. The H models will be upgraded into the MC-130W COMBAT SPEAR, with even more advanced avionics.
For communications, it has AN/ARC-187 tactical and satellite transceivers.
The infrared countermeasures are 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)
- MC-130E: 100 feet, 10 inches (30.7 meters)
- MC-130H: 99 feet, 9 inches (30.4 meters)
- Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
- Speed: 300 mph
- MC-130E: 53 troops, 26 paratroopers
- MC-130H: 77 troops, 52 paratroopers or 57 litter patients
- Ceiling: 33,000 feet (10,000 meters)
- Maximum Takeoff Weight:155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
- Range: 2,700 nautical miles (4,344 kilometers); Inflight refueling extends this to unlimited range
- MC-130E: Two pilots, two navigators and an electronic warfare officer (officers); flight engineer, radio operator and two loadmasters (enlisted)
- MC-130H: Two pilots, a navigator and electronic warfare officer (officers); flight engineer and two loadmasters (enlisted)
- Date Deployed: MC-130E, 1966; MC-130H, June 1991
- Unit Cost: MC-130E, $75 million; MC-130H, $155 million (fiscal 2001 constant dollars)
- Inventory: Active force, MC-130H, 20; Reserve, MC-130E, 10; ANG, 0