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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png ION
Type Cargo Plane
Seats 26 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 24× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 648 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 10,061 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament None
Secondary armament None
Variants None
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The C-130J Hercules is a fixed-wing cargo plane used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army, as well as in limited numbers with ION PMC contractors in ArmA 2.


  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Cargo transport
« The C-130J “Super Hercules“ is an American tactical airlifter. This four-engine turbo-prop military transport aircraft is capable of transporting up to 92 passengers or up to 33 tons of cargo. The C-130J with a range of more that 5.000 km and maximum speed of 671 kph is considered to be most important transport aircraft worldwide.
Armoury Description


Designed to replace the outdated C-130E, the C-130J is the latest model in the Hercules family of turboprop-based transport planes.

It has an enlarged fuselage, can climb to higher altitudes, flies at a greater cruise speed, and requires less runway distances to take off and land.

As the workhorse of the U.S. military's airlift fleet, the C-130J is designed specifically to transport troops and equipment into a combat zone via paradrop or runways.

Deploying paratroopers into the AO.

It has the greatest passenger capacity out of all fixed-wing aircraft in ArmA 2, possessing one additional seat compared to the USMC's own Osprey V/STOL, and can paradrop two full-sized Marine or three Army squads into battle.

The C-130J flies faster and higher than the Osprey, though this naturally comes a the cost of not possessing V/STOL capability. As such, it relies heavily on flat runways since it cannot switch to vertical flight and is strictly limited to conventional take offs and landings.

Just like the Osprey, the C-130J is unarmed and cannot defend itself or its passengers from ground fire. Mobile anti-aircraft vehicles and even helicopter gunships can shoot down the C-130J with impunity.

Crew Capacity
The C-130J allows for a crew of two that consists of just the pilot and a co-pilot. Both sit in tandem seats in the cockpit.

It is able to transport up to twenty five passengers in its cargo compartment, though it should be noted that the co-pilot is considered as the twenty fifth passenger.


The C-130J has a base armour value of 70.


The C-130J's hull can only withstand 70 points of damage. Depletion of the hull's integrity will instantly result in a total loss.



The C-130J has an integrated Missile Approach Warning System, and will alert the pilot of incoming missiles that are already in mid-flight and flying towards it.


The C-130J possesses a Radar Warning Receiver, and will warn the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.


The C-130J lacks an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will not warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.


  • In reality, neither the U.S. Marine Corps nor the U.S. Army operate the C-130J. The Marines only utilise the "KC-130J" model which is an aerial tanker optimised for in-flight refuelling, while the Army relies on the U.S. Air Force for tactical/strategic airlift.
  • The C-130J is shown being capable of airdropping supply crates in the PMC DLC-exclusive showcase mission Provision.
    • This is a completely scripted sequence however, as the C-130J cannot carry or paradrop objects outside of the mission without resorting to scripts or custom addons.
    • It is also furinished with a unique tan/brownish colour scheme which cannot be used outside of the showcase without resorting to scripting commands.
  • Though it is technically possible to take off and land on any flat terrain like the real-world C-130J provided that the surface is long enough, it's generally not a good a idea to do so for several reasons.
    • A prime example of this is coming into even the slightest contact with a short rock mound or large bush will (amusingly enough) result in disastrous consequences for the pilot and any passengers onboard due to ArmA 2's flawed physics model.
  • The C-130J makes a minor reappearance in ArmA 3, albeit only as a static wreckage of the ArmA 2 C-130J model that can be placed in the editor (where it is now called the C-192 Samson).
    • Whether it was planned to be added to ArmA 3 at some point during its development phase, or was merely another placeholder designed to test the fixed-wing flight model like the F-35F/F-38 is not known.
  • Aside from the DC-3 that was added with the release of the Queen's Gambit expansion pack for Armed Assault, the C-130J to date remains as the only conventional, non-VTOL capable, fixed-wing cargo plane that is able to transport more than fifteen passengers in the entire series.


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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled HMMWVLAV-25MotorcycleMountain bikeMTVRTowing Tractor
Tracked AAVP-7A1M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-64DUH-1YMH-60S
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIAV-8B HarrierC-130J HerculesF-35 Lightning IIMQ-9 ReaperMV-22 Osprey
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled ATVHMMWVMotorcycleMTVRStryker (MGS)
Tracked M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M2 BradleyM270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-64DCH-47F ChinookMH-6J Little BirdUH-60 Black Hawk
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIC-130J HerculesMQ-9 Reaper
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead
Arma2-factionicon-ion.png ION Services - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled SUV (Armored SUV)
Tracked M113
Rotor-wing Ka-60Ka-137
Fixed-wing C-130J Hercules
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead | Private Military Company