Lockheed Martin To Develop Two C-130J Variants
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 10:30 CET
Lockheed Martin has announced plans to produce two C-130J variants called the C-130XJ (Expandable J) and the SC-130J (Sea Herc) at the 2012 Singapore Airshow.
George Standridge, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ vice president of business development said the C-130XJ will retain all the provisions necessary to be fully configured for combat missions.
It will keep the current propulsion and avionics suite, and no changes will be made to the current C-130J airframe.
The C-130XJ will have the same mission capabilities as the C-130J, including search and rescue, firefighting, surveillance and reconnaissance, signals intelligence and close air support.
The SC-130J Sea Herc will offer an affordable replacement for the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and anti-submarine warfare aircraft (ASW).
“You take the well-proven C-130J and import the P-3 missions into the aircraft for maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare,” Stanbridge said.http://www.defenseworld.net/go/defensenews.jsp?id=6606&h=Lockheed%20Martin%20To%20Develop%20Two%20C-130J%20Variants
Ja existe uma proposta de adaptar os C-130J da RAF para patrulha marítima, para o lugar dos Ninrod.
Marshall Aerospace offers C-130J maritime patrol conversion
C-130J Super Hercules could be adapted for an entirely new mission, if UK company Marshall Aerospace gets its way.
Eyeing an opportunity raised by the UK's cancellation of its BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft programme late last year, the maintenance, repair and overhaul specialist is offering to adapt several Royal Air Force tactical transports for the mission.
"Marshall Aerospace is proposing to fill key elements of the maritime patrol function by using existing C-130 assets, combined with equipment already developed by the Ministry of Defence," the company said.
The proposed "quick change conversion" would provide "an innovative and extremely cost-effective alternative for patrolling the UK's coastal areas", it added.
In addition to installing some of the mission equipment already acquired for the axed MRA4 fleet, such as the Thales Searchwater 2000 radar, the Cambridge-based company would make other adaptations.
These would include fitting an electro-optical/infrared sensor, onboard operator stations, sonar buoy dispensers and long-range fuel tanks. Some of the equipment "can be installed at short notice", said Marshall.
The Nimrod MRA4 programme was cut after an investment worth more than £4 billion ($6.5 billion), as part of the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review. Nine aircraft had been due to be delivered to the RAF from late 2011, following years of development delays.