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Harvest Hawk Plus progresses

Photo: A KC-130J configured with the Marine Corps Harvest HAWK Plus weapons system fires a Hellfire missile during a developmental and operational test at NAWS China Lake in April 2018. US Navy

 

Naval Air Systems Command’s Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) Integrated Warfighting Capability (IWC) has completed a five-week developmental and integrated test (DT/IT) live fire event to certify the newly-configured KC-130J Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+).  The HH+ completed multiple sorties, demonstrating successful strikes on both fixed and moving targets.

‘The successful employment of this capability during live fire closed out the developmental and integrated test and positioned us to move into the follow-on test and evaluation phase of the program. The KC-130J IWC team did an outstanding job with our industry partners to correct hardware and software deficiencies with such dramatic results,’ said CAPT Steve Nassau, PMA-207 Program Manager.

The live fire test, conducted at NAWS China Lake, California, also included four dedicated tactical integration flights to support operational test objective in conjunction with the weapons tactics instructor (WTI) course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

‘These flights proved to be some of the most fruitful flights of the entire detachment,’ said Maj Nate Houle, test pilot/project officer for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX-20). ‘The repeated ability of multiple fleet operators to rapidly learn and employ the system in an operationally relevant tactical scenario within a short time span became a staple of each flight.’

HH+ is an upgrade to the original Harvest HAWK roll-on, roll-off precision strike package weapons system. It moves the Targeting Sight Sensor from a wing external fuel tank to being under the nose. It also adds new weapons including the new AGM-114P4 and P4A Hellfire.

 

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