Pictured is a Royal Air Force C130J Hercules captured by RAF photographers who were on the ramp of a second C130J.The aircraft were taking part in an airborne delivery training sortie that saw them drop two different loads, ranging in weight from 100 kilograms to a tonne, over Abingdon, Oxfordshire.After completing that part of the sortie, they then linked up to a Voyager to complete some low-light air to air refuelling over the West Coast of England.The Hercules is the RAF’s primary tactical transport aircraft and in its current C.Mk 4 and C.Mk 5 versions of the C-130J-30 and C-130J, respectively, has been the backbone of UK operational tactical mobility tasks since it was brought into service in 1999.It is frequently employed to operate into countries or regions where there is a threat to aircraft; its performance, tactics and defensive systems make it the ideal platform for such tasks.The aircraft is highly flexible, with the ability to airdrop a variety of stores and paratroopers and operate from natural surface landing zones. To conduct these missions, it is vital that Hercules crews are highly skilled in low-level flying.The aircraft performs in the same roles at night using night-vision goggles (NVGs), while station keeping equipment (SKE) enables it to remain in formation during poor weather.Long-range capabilities are enhanced with air-to-air refuelling, while the Air Survival Rescue Apparatus may be mounted in the cabin for search and rescue missions, enabling the Hercules to airdrop life rafts and emergency supplies.

L’Algeria ha ricevuto il primo Super Hercules

Lo scorso 23 gennaio l’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti ad Algeri ha comunicato che è stato consegnato il primo C-130J Super Hercules all’Algeria.

La nota diplomatica precisa che l’Algeria nel 2018 ha sottoscritto con Lockheed Martin, il produttore dei C-130J, un contratto per l’acquisto di quattro velivoli.

A differenza della prassi normale, tale contratto è stato stipulato con vendita diretta del produttore, DCS (Direct Commercial Sale) non l’usale FMS (Foreign Military Sale) con accordo inter governativo.

Altra particolarità è rappresentata che il primo velivolo consegnato all’Algeria sarebbe il prototipo del LM-100J, la variante civile del C-130J.

Sarà interessante verificare se i tre prossimi velivoli saranno normali C-130J o altri LM-100J. Inoltre, è prevista l’opzione di acquisto per altri quattro velivoli.

L’Aeronautica Algerina, attualmente, ha in servizio quattordici tra C-130H ed H-30 la versione allungata del Hercules.

Foto Royal Air Force

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