The CC-130J has a fixed wing and four turboprop engines. It can carry up to 92 combat troops or 128 passengers. It is used in a variety of mission, including soldier transport, tactical airlift, and aircrew training.
Although the exterior of the aircraft is almost identical to that of the older model, the J Model is a new aircraft. The newest Hercules fly faster, higher and further. They can also carry heavier loads while consuming less fuel. They can take off and land on shorter runways. In addition, their rise time has been reduced by 50% compared to that of previous models. They are state-of-the-art and provide the Canadian Forces with a cost effective tactical airlift capability that has proven successful in operations.
The RCAF prepared for the deployment of the aircraft and its crew to Afghanistan within seven months of receiving the first J Model aircraft.
In fact, three people are enough to fly the new Hercules - two pilots and a loadmaster - while it takes five for the older models.
The first of 17 CC-130J Hercules tactical aircraft arrived in Canada on June 4, 2010. The 17 CC-130Js are all based at 8 Wing Trenton, as is the Air Mobility Training Center. This center accommodates the equipment and personnel necessary for the training of those responsible for the operation and maintenance of the CC-130J Hercules. In order to enhance the modern character of this aircraft, the J models are given a new number suffix, the 600 series. Older Hercules aircraft have a number suffix in the 300s (eg 130337). Thus, the first Hercules device has the numerical suffix 130601.