The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has announced that the modernisation of its CC-130J Hercules aircraft fleet is complete. A total of 17 CC-130Js were upgraded, under a partnership between the Department of National Defence, Lockheed Martin and Cascade Aerospace. Work under the project included improvements to navigation, communication and maintenance capabilities of the aircraft. According to a statement posted on the government’s website, the Hercules model J can now fly more efficiently among large commercial aircraft in heavily congested and controlled airspace, as well as perform more fuel-efficient long-range flights.
It can now operate in poor visibility and receive critical mission information from allied ground, air and naval partners via a high-speed, encrypted link.
“I know these upgrades to the aircrafts navigation, communication and maintenance capabilities will only serve to make this squadron more effective in all training and operational missions.”
Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit S Sajjan said: “The improved capabilities of the CC-130J Hercules will allow Canada to sustain our forces on future operations, including peace support operations and domestic interventions, while continuing our meaningful contributions in supporting allies.”
The final upgraded Hercules was received on 13 October. 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton 436 Transport Squadron commanding officer lieutenant colonel Spencer V Selhi said: “436 Transport Squadron is pleased to receive the final fully upgraded CC-130J Hercules into its fleet. I know these upgrades to the aircrafts navigation, communication and maintenance capabilities will only serve to make this squadron more effective in all training and operational missions; in fact, the first international exercise to see this upgrade was Exercise BULLSEYE, a Commonwealth Tactical Air Transport Exercise, at the end of September.”
The CC-130J Hercules entered into service with the RCAF in 2010 and is used for various applications such as transportation of troops and equipment, airlifts in operations, and aircrew training.