The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has announced the successful completion of developmental and integrated test (DT / IT) live fire event with a KC-130J aerial refuelling tanker integrated with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+) system.
The five-week live fire test was conducted by NAVAIR’s Integrated Warfighting Capability (IWC) Weapons team and saw the Harvest HAWK Plus weapons kit complete multiple sorties, demonstrating successful strikes on both fixed and moving targets.
It was carried out at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, and also included four tactical integration flights in order to support the operational test objective in conjunction with the weapons tactics instructor (WTI) course at the US Marine Corps (USMC) Air Station Yuma in Arizona.
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX-20) test pilot / project officer major Nate Houle said: “These flights proved to be some of the most fruitful flights of the entire detachment.
“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.
“To a Marine, each operator left the flight impressed with the system and eager for fleet deployment.”
The HH+ mission has been designed to offer enhanced-endurance multi-sensor imagery, reconnaissance and on-call close air support capabilities to the USMC.
The HH+ weapons kit is a modified variant of the original Harvest HAWK roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) precision strike package weapons system.