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HC-130J Long Range Surveillance Aircraft

HC-130J long range surveillance aircraft

The HC-130J fleet carries out traditional missions including search and rescue, cargo and personnel transport, law enforcement and international ice patrol.


  • Length: 97 feet 9 inches
  • Wingspan: 132 feet 7inches
  • Height: 38 feet 11 inches
  • Maximum Weight: 155,000 pounds
  • Cruise Speed: 320 knots true airspeed
  • Range: 4,900 nautical miles
  • Endurance: 20+ hours


  • Standardized Minotaur mission system across all Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft (under development)
  • Real-time tracking and Rescue 21 integration to enhance common operating picture and maritime domain awareness
  • Advanced radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors for search and rescue, law enforcement and intelligence gathering missions; the Coast Guard’s Super Hercules is the first HC-130 aircraft in the world with a 360-degree, belly-mounted, multimode surface search radar
  • Commonality of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance components and capabilities with those on the Coast Guard’s medium range surveillance aircraft

The Coast Guard accepted its 13th C-130J April 10, 2019, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.

The Coast Guard transferred an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft, CGNR 2010, to Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, March 31.

The Coast Guard’s Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Aircraft Program reached a significant milestone March 18, 2019, when it inducted the final HC-130J aircraft outfitted with the legacy mission system into the Minotaur modification process.

The Coast Guard accepted its ninth Minotaur Mission System Suite-missionized HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft March 8, 2019. Integration was completed at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.

The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 12th C-130J Dec. 18, 2018, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.

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