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USMC KC 130J Harvest Hawk

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Added by: lostfound30, 08-24-2012
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With the addition of the Marine Corps's ISR / Weapon Mission Kit, the KC-130J will be able to serve as an overwatch aircraft and can deliver ground support fire in the form of Hellfire or Griffin missiles, precision-guided bombs, and eventually 30mm cannon fire in a later upgrade.This capability, designated as "Harvest HAWK" (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit), can be used in scenarios where precision is not a requisite, such as area denial.

The AN/AAQ-30 Targeting Sight System (TSS) integrates an infrared and television camera, and is mounted under the left wing's external fuel tank. It is the same TSS used on the upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter and UH-1Y Venom. The typical loadout is four Hellfire missiles and 10 Griffin GPS guided missiles. The weapons systems operator uses a Fire Control Console mounted on a standard cargo pallet in the KC-130J’s cargo compartment

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08-26-2012, 01:27 AM #59227
   
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The nose art looks like 42 Hellfires and one Griffin missile missions...(?)

The Harvest HAWK (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit) uses the targeting system from an AH1Z "Viper" Cobra.
The control console is simply strapped to a cargo pallet in the cargo bay.

The Griffin Missile is made from Javelin & Sparrow Missile components. It tube-launched backwards out of the cargo ramp and into the airstream, where it falls away and stabilizes before the motor fires.

There are plans to add a 30mm cannon.
   
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