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Lockheed Martin LM-100J Loops at Farnborough 2018

 

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This is completely insane. Don't try that with a fully-packed cargo hold or paratroopers on board. ;D
 
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Seen in the the report from Congressional research service "Defense’s 30-Year Aircraft Plan Reveals New Details":

"Even the C-130 Hercules, in production since 1956, makes
news in this plan. The Air Force intends to keep its existing
C-130s, but intends not to acquire any more combat
delivery C-130J Super Hercules.
While that does not mean
the end of the C-130 line, it is a departure for the Air Force
to no longer be acquiring that aircraft."

I wonder if this is in any way linked with the Boeing intend to possibly market the KC390



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Looks like my Delta flight out of Atlanta on Tuesday.:)
 

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A fantastically capable airframe, something that should give pause for thought to developers of maritime recce aircraft. Far too good to just haul pallets.
 

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A fantastically capable airframe, something that should give pause for thought to developers of maritime recce aircraft. Far too good to just haul pallets.

It has been suggested: http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/dsei-2015-naval-show-daily-news/3113-lockheed-sees-its-sc-130j-sea-herc-as-the-affordable-solution-to-answer-uk-future-mpa-needs.html
A fantastically capable airframe, something that should give pause for thought to developers of maritime recce aircraft. Far too good to just haul pallets.

It has been suggested: http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/dsei-2015-naval-show-daily-news/3113-lockheed-sees-its-sc-130j-sea-herc-as-the-affordable-solution-to-answer-uk-future-mpa-needs.html
Thanks for sharing GTX.

It seems a very logical and dare I say cost-effective proposal, what with the use of existing surplus RAF C-130J's, Merlin Mk2 mission systems on a palletized roll on roll off payload, conformal weapons sponsons, underwing pylons, carousel launcher for sonobuyos, a 13.7 hours endurance, and
the ability to operate from shorter or even austere runways.......
I'm thinking of another Air Force that could incorporate such a platform, instead of the much more expensive Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

I do like the safety margin/aspect of four-engines, as so well articulated in the following:
"the safety of four turboprops on long and often low-level maritime patrol missions, where bird impacts are commonplace, just makes sense. Also, the C-130 has been proven in almost all flight regimes, from low-level interdiction to high level cruise and so on, whereas the twin CFM-56 turbofan engine equipped next generation 737 really was built to cruise up in the flight levels, not down in the salty air where the atmosphere is thick and tight maneuvers are often required."

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PaulMM (Overscan) said:
According to Chris Reed (C-130 Hercules and its variants, Schiffer)
C-130 WBS was proposed in 1984 and stood for Wide Body Section; it used new GE34 engines.
The C-130 WBS is much earlier than that. Like the C-130 VLS in its earliest form and the L-100-50/-60B, it was introduced five years earlier, as evidenced by this article from Lockheed's Service News dated July-September 1979:
I feel somewhat uncomfortable with that L-100-60 design.......I immediately envisaged fuselage fatigue cracks and failings.......

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Thanks for sharing GTX.

It seems a very logical and dare I say cost-effective proposal, what with the use of existing surplus RAF C-130J's, Merlin Mk2 mission systems on a palletized roll on roll off payload, conformal weapons sponsons, underwing pylons, carousel launcher for sonobuyos, a 13.7 hours endurance, and
the ability to operate from shorter or even austere runways.......
I'm thinking of another Air Force that could incorporate such a platform, instead of the much more expensive Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

I do like the safety margin/aspect of four-engines, as so well articulated in the following:
"the safety of four turboprops on long and often low-level maritime patrol missions, where bird impacts are commonplace, just makes sense. Also, the C-130 has been proven in almost all flight regimes, from low-level interdiction to high level cruise and so on, whereas the twin CFM-56 turbofan engine equipped next generation 737 really was built to cruise up in the flight levels, not down in the salty air where the atmosphere is thick and tight maneuvers are often required."

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Lockheed continues to pitch the idea:


Lockheed Martin is working on a maritime patrol aircraft retrofit kit for the C-130 Hercules.

The kit is intended to "roll on" new C-130Js, as well as legacy variants of the military transport, with initial concepts calling for wing-mounted Harpoon anti-ship missiles and clusters of Hellfire air-to-ground missiles, as well as torpedoes to be stored in the cargo bay and launched off the back ramp.

The aircraft could sport a number of sensors including a multimode radar, a nose-mounted electro-optical/infrared camera, droppable sonar buoys, wing-tip-mounted electronic support measures, and a magnetic anomaly detector boom on the tail.
 

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This seems to be asimple and effective method of increasing ability, there are many in service anyway. Why not?
 

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www.dtic.mil/ndia/2016SOFIC/olmandeepdive.pdf

smart fuze? or -

Orbital ATK provides the GAU-23 BUSHMASTER Automatic Cannon and accompanying ammunition for US Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130Js. Concurrently, the company is making quantum leaps forward in producing and developing, its guided munitions – with major implications for the lethality and affordability of weapon systems on the “J” and other airborne platforms.

Tim Strusz, the company’s Director of Business for Precision Weapons, told the author that an expanded portfolio of possible munitions on special operations aircraft include the company’s Hatchet miniature precision strike weapon, and others in development or production. Beyond Hatchet, “we’re looking at guided 105mm, where we could extend the standoff range of the current 105mm by putting the precision contents of the precision guidance kit [PGK] we use on the155mm Howitzer artillery system, and modifying it, giving it the tail from our EXACTO [Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance] programme and a GPS capability for the 105mm.”

 

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From L+K 26/1978,

here is some C-130 early variants.
 

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