The Royal Australian Air Force has carried out a trial to remotely pilot a small uninhabited aerial system (UAS) from the back of a C-130J Hercules.
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The RAAF has commenced installing new Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems and ADS-B transponders on its fleet of 12 C-130J transports.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will install a high-speed satellite communications system on an additional five C-130J-30 Hercules transports.
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.
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.
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.