The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will install a high-speed satellite communications system on an additional five C-130J-30 Hercules transports.
The Royal Australian Air Force was understood to be looking at integrating the AN/AAQ-28 Litening AT targeting and EO/IR pod on the C-130J Hercules.
Airbus Australia Pacific will continue to provide through life support (TLS) for the RAAF’s Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules for a further two years through to 2024.
The RAAF’s C-130J Hercules could have more range, more time on station for missions such as search and rescue and more fuel offload capacity at forward bases thanks to new external fuel tanks.
A RAAF C-130J Hercules has been able to put its newly-fitted external fuel tanks to good use during its participation in Exercise Christmas Drop, a US Air Force exercise to airdrop Christmas packages to remote Pacific Island communities.