Current as of February 6, 2023.

The HC-130J is the only dedicated fixed-wing Personnel Recovery platform in the Air Force inventory. It is an extended-range version of the C-130J Super Hercules transport. The Combat King II provides the capability to rapidly deploy and execute global search and rescue operations to austere environments and denied territory. Additionally, it facilitates all weather personnel recovery operations to include airdrop, air-land, tanker and receiver air-toair refueling, non-traditional ISR, and forward area ground refueling missions.

Modifications to the HC-130J have improved the aircraft’s navigation, communication, threat detection, and countermeasures systems. It has been equipped with forward-looking electro-optical/infrared sensor with video datalink capabilities, along with satellite and data-burst communication. Robust threat countermeasure systems allows the aircraft to operate in a hostile environment. Additionally, the ability to receive fuel inflight via a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation allows extended range and endurance