CC-130J Hercules


CC-130J Hercules



The familiar CC-130 Hercules is a mainstay of the Canadian Forces’ transport fleet. Renewing the tactical airlift fleet is a priority of the Government of Canada, as part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, and its commitment to a modernized and strengthened Canadian Forces. The new aircraft will enable troops to conduct safer and more effective operations at home and abroad.

The Royal Canadian Air Force team demonstrated its agility, flexibility and professional capabilities by readying the aircraft and its crews for deployment to Afghanistan in less than seven months after receiving the first new J-model aircraft. Training, maintenance and operation procedures needed to be adapted to the specific characteristics of this aircraft, while ensuring an efficient and effective implementation schedule that would facilitate safe, effective, and sustained operations.

The CC-130J Hercules is a four-engine, fixed-wing turboprop aircraft that can carry up to 92 combat troops or 128 non-combat passengers. It is used for a wide range of missions, including troop transport, tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo) and aircrew training.

While on the outside the CC-130J looks almost identical to the older Hercules, internally the J-model Hercules is essentially a completely new aircraft. The new "Hercs" fly faster, higher and farther, and they carry heavier loads while burning less fuel. They can use shorter landing and take-off fields and their climb time is reduced by up to 50 per cent compared to the older models. They deliver cutting edge technology to provide the Canadian Forces with a modern, cost-effective, operationally-proven tactical airlift capability.

Not only is the new Hercules a more capable aircraft, it also requires fewer crew members than the older Hercules; it flies with a minimum crew of three – two pilots and a loadmaster – compared to five on the older Hercules.

The first of the 17 CC-130J Hercules tactical aircraft arrived in Canada on June 4, 2010, six months ahead of the original scheduled delivery date. The next four aircraft were delivered in 2010, while the final one was delivered in 2012, in accordance with the contract. All 17 CC-130Js will be based at 8 Wing Trenton, along with the future Air Mobility Training Centre that will house the equipment and personnel required to train the operators and maintainers of the CC-130J Hercules aircraft.To emphasize the “newness” of this aircraft, the J models have been given a new series of tail numbers – the 600 series. The older Hercules aircraft have 300 series tail numbers (e.g., 130337). Thus, the first CC-130J Hercules has the tail number 130601.

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

Aircraft Description

The CC-130J Hercules is four-engine turboprop tactical transport aircraft with a rear cargo ramp, rugged landing gear, good short-field performance and high ground clearance for engines and propellers. It is used for troop transport, tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo) and aircrew training and qualification. It is designed to operate from rudimental airstrips in an active theatre of operations. The CC-130J has the same look as its predecessors, but in fact is a greatly improved airplane. The new "Hercs" fly faster, higher, and farther, carrying heavier loads while burning less fuel. They deliver cutting edge technology to provide the Canadian Forces with a cost-effective, operationally-proven tactical airlift capability.


112 ft 9 in. / 34.37 m


38 ft 9 in. / 11.81 m


132 ft 7 in. / 40.38 m

Horizontal tail span

52 ft 8 in. / 16.05 m

Power Plant

Four Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 4,591 SHP (shaft horsepower) turboprop engines; Dowty R391, 6-blade propellers (all composite)

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW)

164,000 lb / 74,389 kg

Maximum payload

48,000 lb / 21,772 kg

Maximum cruise speed

355 KTAS / 660 km / hr

Landing/take-off ground roll (typical assault mission)

1,500 ft / 457 m

Payload at 500 n. mi /926 km

 47,000 lb / 21,319 kg

Maximum range without tanks

3,700 nautical miles / 6,852 km

Cargo compartment length

55 feet (15 feet longer than the C-130J-Short)


Minimum 2 pilots and 1 loadmaster



Combat paratroops

92 combat

Year procured

2010 to 2012

Quantity in CF



8 Wing Trenton, ON


Lockheed Martin Corporation

(These numbers can be subject to modification based on aircraft configuration)

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