US Marines buy additional Harvest HAWK kits

The US Marines are buying three additional Harvest HAWKweapons kits for their fleet of KC-130J Hercules–basically turning the tacticaltanker/transports into gunships and surveillance platforms. It’s kind of ademonstration of just how versatile the Herk really is…

070205-M-3968C-119.jpgThe KC-130J is proving to be the aircraft of choice formodification into gunships and other special operations applications. The MC-130Jand forthcoming AC-130J aren’t based on the vanilla C-130J, but rather theMarines’ tanker variant airframe. But the special operations aircraft have asensor ball added along with an aerial refueling receptacle… which weren’t partof the Marines’ requirements. The special ops birds also have provisions forsome other special hardware…

The only weakness of the KC-130J is that the Marines didn’tspring for the enhanced cargo handling system found on the regular J-model,opting instead for the cheaper original system found on the legacy Hercules. Probably,in retrospect, it might have been wiser to have just kept the new system.

The USAF special ops Herks, however, do have the new cargo-handlingsystem…

The full article can be found here.

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