Harvest Hawk Herc

We’ve mentioned the Marine Corps program to “bolt on” a ground attack capability to some of its fleet of KC-130J Hercules. And lo and behold, here’s some video of one doing a live fire exercise.

My eyes are getting pretty old. Can one of you sharp eyed spotters identify the chase plane? I think it’s a T-6 Texan II, but I’m just not sure.

4 thoughts on “Harvest Hawk Herc”

  1. Def a T-6 Texan II based on the shape and orientation of the tail plane, not that we had lots to go on here.

    Not sure if arming all Herky-Birds is a good idea. We don’t fly the AC variants into humanitarian ops and if every C-130 is now a missile carrier it might help the instant military mission at a net loss for ops as a whole.

    If 3rd world countries say “don’t bring us our donated life-saving goods on C-130s” how else do they get there. C-47s aren’t exactly thick on the ground these days.

    Note to those aircraft designers who have yet to graduate from the middle-school notepad doodled out during the boredom. Start with the C-47, move to the C-130, and design the next turboprop (fuck the jet guys) airlifter that can land anywhere & carry anything. The US always needs one and even the C-130JJ is pushing the limits of a 1950’s airframe. I know what I used to doodle and somewhere in the bored minds of middle-school boys lies our next tactical airlifter.

    1. The Air Force (nor the Navy, for that matter) isn’t going to use Harvest Hawk on their airlifters. They can afford to operate a specialized fleet of gunships and MC-130s.

      But the Marines can’t. And don’t forget, in many ways, the real mission for Marine Hercs is the refueling part. Airlift is a nice secondary capability. And now, so is limited ISR/CAS in a benign Air Defense environment.

    2. Yeah, makes sense for the Marines.

      Still want to see some bored middle-schooler draw our next tactical airlifter.

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