U.S. Approves Sale of C-130J-30 to Australia

U.S. Approves Sale of C-130J-30 to Australia


The United States Department of State has approved the possible sale of twenty-four (24) C-130J-30 aircraft to Australia in order to replace their aging fleet of C-27J Spartans for a total of 6.35B USD. Here is the official message which includes all components of the sale:

”The Government of Australia has requested to buy twenty-four (24) C-130J-30 aircraft with four (4) each Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines installed; twenty-four (24) Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines with Quick Engine Change Assembly (QECA) and propellers installed (spares); sixty (60) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) (EGI) security devices, airborne (48 installed, 12 spares); thirty-two (32) AN/ALQ-251 Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) systems; twenty-seven (27) Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTA) for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems (24 installed, 3 spares); sixteen (16) AN/AAQ 24(V)N LAIRCM System Processor Replacements (LSPR) (12 installed, 4 spares); and twenty-four (24) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) (installed). Also included are AN/AAQ 24(V)N LAIRCM Infrared Missile Warning Sensors (MWS), Control Interface Unit Replacements (CIRU), and classified memory card User Data Modules (UDM); KYV-5M communication security modules; AN/ARC-190 High Frequency (HF) radios; AN/ARC-210 radios; AN/ARN-153 tactical airborne navigation (TACAN) systems; AN/ARN-147 receivers; AN/ARN-149(V) automatic direction finders; AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders; AN/AAR 47 missile warning systems; AN/APN-241 Low-Power Color Radars (LPCR); AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing Systems (CMDS); AN/ALR-56 Radar Warning Receivers (RWR); AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loaders; MX-20HD electro optical/infrared targeting systems; AN/KIV-77 IFF cryptographic appliques; Advanced Digital Antenna Production (ADAP) system components; integration support and test equipment; aircraft and support equipment; secure communications equipment, precision navigation, and cryptographic devices; classified software delivery and support; spare and repair parts, consumables and accessories; maintenance and maintenance support; classified manuals, publications, and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment, and U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, studies and surveys; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $6.35 billion.”

The Royal Australian Air Force currently flies (8) C-17A Globemasters, (10) C-27J Spartans, (12) C-130J Hercules, (8) Beechcraft Super King Airs, (2) Boeing 747s, and (3) Dassault Falcon 7Xs for their utility/transport. However, the C-27Js and C-130Js are being replaced in order to usher in the more capable C-130J-30 in order to project power deeper into the contested Pacific. The primary difference between the C-130J and C-130J-30 is the “stretch” of the -30 which adds 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space (two more pallets of equipment) in the cargo compartment. Here is a comparison:


  • Range at max layload: 1,759 km  (950 nmi)
  • Max payload: 24,912 lb


Troop transport: 60 troops or 46 paratroopers


  • Range at maximum normal payload: 2,417 miles (2,100 nautical miles)
  • Max payload: 44,000 pounds (19,958 kilograms)

Capacity: 8 pallets or 128 combat troops or 92 paratroopers.




Tessaron United States Naval Academy alumni and current graduate student in Intelligence Analysis at American Military University. Covering flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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