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Picture: Harvest Hawk tests

The US Navy’s ‘Harvest Hawk’-equipped prototype KC-130J Hercules has completed Phase One testing.

26-Apr-2010


US Navy image/Liz Goettee

April 26: The US Navy’s ‘Harvest Hawk’-equipped prototype KC-130J Hercules has completed Phase One testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and has relocated to China Lake in California.

Harvest Hawk is a modular roll-on, roll-off weapons system for the KC-130J consisting of a Fire Control Console in the aircraft’s cargo compartment, the Target Sight Sensor (TSS) mounted in the left under wing fuel tank and a launcher for four Hellfire missiles mounted on the left hand refuelling pylon. The 30mm cannon, which will be mounted in the left side troop door, has been deferred to a later block upgrade.

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