This capability is designated “Harvest HAWK+” (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit+).
The Tactical Airlift Program Office Integrated Warfighting Capability (IWC) Weapons team celebrated a successful five-week developmental and integrated test live fire event utilising a newly configured KC-130J with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+) installed, say officials this week.
They say the HH+ flawlessly completed multiple sorties, demonstrating successful strikes on both fixed and moving targets. With the addition of the upgraded Weapon Mission Kit, the KC-130J will be able to serve as an overwatch aircraft and can deliver ground support fire in the form of Hellfire or Griffin missiles, precision-guided bombs, and eventually 30mm cannon fire in a later upgrade.
The HH+ is an upgrade to the original Harvest HAWK roll-on, roll-off precision strike package weapons system.
“The successful employment of this capability during live fire (pictured at the top of this article) closed out the developmental and integrated test and positioned us to move into the follow-on test and evaluation phase of the program. The KJ IWC team did an outstanding job with our industry partners to correct hardware and software deficiencies with such dramatic results. The HH+ weapons kit will provide a significant combat multiplier to the Marine Air Ground Task Force,” said CAPT Steve Nassau, PMA-207 Program Manager.
The live fire test, conducted at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California also included four dedicated tactical integration flights to support operational test objective in conjunction with the weapons tactics instructor course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona say the US Marine Corps in a release.