Captain Terry Rodrigue operates a CC-130J for a parachute drop mission during Exercise Maple Resolve at 4 Wing Cold Lake on 16 May 2014 (Image © Cpl J.W.S. Houck / RCAF)

Canada puts dough into CC-130 upgrades

Captain Terry Rodrigue operates a CC-130J for a parachute drop mission during Exercise Maple Resolve at 4 Wing Cold Lake on 16 May 2014 (Image © Cpl J.W.S. Houck / RCAF)
Captain Terry Rodrigue operates a CC-130J for a parachute drop mission during Exercise Maple Resolve at 4 Wing Cold Lake on 16 May 2014 (Image © Cpl J.W.S. Houck / RCAF)

The Canadian government has put 32.5 million additional dollars aside for improving the training of the crews of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 17 CC-130J Hercules tactical airlifters. As announced on 21 July 2014 CAE Inc, based in Montreal, Quebec, will provide air training services that includes support for the Air Mobility Training Centre (AMTC) in Trenton.

The training is essential as the RCAF is upgrading the aircraft themselves as well, including better navigation and communications equipment and improved maintenance capabilities. By upgrading the Hercs plus improving the training Canada hopes to operate the seventeen Lockheed Martin C-130Js – designated CC-130J in Canadian service – more effectively in the next five to ten years. While CAE Inc maps out the training program, the day-to-day training is done by military instructors of RCAF’s 426 Squadron at CFB Trenton, Ontario.

The 17th CC-130J arrived on 11 May 2012. Over the last four years the Canadian Hercules’s were deployed on Operation Athena in Afghanistan, supported humanitarian relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, evacuated Canadians from civil war struck Libya, provided airlift in support of Operation Nanook in the Arctic and performed loads of other national and international tasks.

Source: Government of Canada / RCAF

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