The new HC-130J personnel recovery aircraft, developed for the United States Air Force Air Combat Command, has completed developmental testing.
The final test point was air-to-air refueling and was achieved on March 14. This was the first refueling of an HC-130J, and the first ever boom refueling of a C-130 where the aircraft's refueling receiver was installed during aircraft production.
This test point also applies to the MC-130J Combat Shadow II aircraft in production for Air Force Special Operations Command.
Rollout of the first MC-130J will be celebrated at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia on March 29.
The first HC-130Js and MC-130Js will start deliveries in August with Initial Operational Capability for both scheduled for 2012.