Lockheed Martin delivers first of 11 HC-130J personnel recovery aircraft with electro-optics, satellite communications, and other upgrades to U.S. Air Force
MARIETTA, Ga., 26 Sept. 2011. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) officials have delivered the first of 11 HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft to the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC). The new platform, based on a KC-130J tanker baseline, incorporates an electro-optical/infrared sensor, Enhanced Service Life Wing, Enhanced Cargo Handling System, Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation (boom refueling receptacle), a combat systems operator station on the flight deck, and dual satellite communications (satcom). Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, flew the aircraft from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' facility in Marietta, Ga., to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.