Watch: PM Modi lands on Purvanchal Expressway in Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules; Know all about it

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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 14:34 [IST]

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Lucknow, Nov 16: For the mega launch of the 340 km-long Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on the Purvanchal Expressway in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Watch: PM Modi lands on Purvanchal Expressway in Air Forces C-130J Super Hercules;  Know all about it

The C-130J is the latest addition of the C-130 Hercules series and currently, it is the only model in production.

However, this is not the first time that a Super Hercules Aircraft has landed on an express way. Previously also, the Indian Air Force has conducted a mock emergency landing on NH-925 in Rajasthan’s Barmer district with C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

All you need to know about C-130J Super Hercules

  • The C-130J is the newest version of the C-130 Hercules and the only model in production. By July 2021, 450 C-130J aircraft had been delivered with 26 operators in 22 countries.
  • The Super Hercules is an excellent aircraft for emergency situations as it can land at short and rough airstrips.
  • Designed and manufactured by American defense company Lockheed Martin, the C-130 J provides ‘superior performance and capabilities’ than Hercules C130.
  • The Super Hercules is meant for special operations.
  • The C-130J was first used in 1996 and by 2013, it had completed a million flight hours worldwide.
  • The C-130J has a proven track record of more than 2 million flight hours as it has assisted in supporting tactical airlift, search and rescues, special operations, commercial, and refueling missions around the globe.
  • Currently, the IAF has 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, with the first one being ordered in 2007.
  • The C-130J Super Hercules also has dual HUDs to help with situational awareness, block 7.0/8.1 software, installed in-line during production, automated maintenance fault reporting, integrated defensive suite and 250-knot ramp/door.

Story first published: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 14:34 [IST]



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