Air Combat Command officials on April 19, 2010, witnessed rollout of a new rescue tanker at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., facility. The HC-130J, which still must complete flight test before going to ACC later in 2010, is based on the Marine Corps KC-130J baseline version and includes an enhanced cargo handling system, a boom refueling receptacle, an electro-optical/infrared sensor, and a combat systems operator station on the flight deck. ACC expects to achieve initial operational capability with the rescue J model in 2012.
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