The MC-130H is a special operations tanker/mobility aircraft based on the C-130H. Its primary missions are covert day, night, and adverse weather infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces in hostile or denied territory.
They also provide air-drop resupply, rotary wing aerial refueling, and psyops. MC-130Hs are equipped with TF/TA radar, precision navigation systems using INS/GPS, and electronic and IR countermeasures for self-protection.
All models are fitted with wing-mounted external fuel tanks and drogue refueling pods to refuel HH-60 and CV-22, and can also receive fuel in-flight. Aircraft are capable of airdrop using the Joint Precision Airdrop System and operating from austere and unmarked strips.
The original MC-130Es were converted in the mid-1960s, followed by the MC-130P (previously HC-130N/P), which were delivered in the mid-1980s and retired in 2017. MC-130Hs were converted from base model C-130H to supplement the Combat Talon I and Combat Shadow fleets in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
MC-130H have integrated glass cockpit and a modernized pod-based aerial refueling system.
Kadena’s final MC-130H transferred to Hurlburt Dec. 4, 2019, handing off to the MC-130J after 24 years forward-based in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Contractors: Lockheed Martin (airframe); Boeing.
First Flight: 1984.
IOC: June 30, 1993.
Aircraft Location: Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Active Variants: •MC-130H Combat Talon II. SOF support and aerial refueling tanker fielded in 1991.
Dimensions: Span 132.6 ft, height 38.5 ft, length 99.8 ft.
Weight: Max T-O 155,000 lb.
Power Plant: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, each 4,910 shp.
Performance: Speed 300 mph, range 3,105 miles.
Fuel Capacity: Approx. 63,000 lb (81,120 lb with additional internal tanks) at up to 450 gpm.
Ceiling: 33,000 ft.
Accommodation: Two pilots, navigator, EWO, flight engineer, two loadmasters.
Load: 77 troops, 52 paratroops, or 57 litters.