The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received its 50th KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refueller at the Lockheed Martin facility.

The aircraft is due to be deployed to the USMC Air Station Miramar in California, US.

A member of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft family, the KC-130J is battle-tested and will deliver fuel to platforms ranging from helicopters to multirole fighter jets.

"The US Marine Corps is one of the most visible KC-130J operators in the world."

Lockheed Martin's air mobility and maritime missions vice-president and general manager George Shultz said: “The US Marine Corps is one of the most visible KC-130J operators in the world, providing vital support where it is needed most.

“We value our partnership with the Marine Corps and know that much of the success of the KC-130J platform is due to the multiple missions carried out by Marine crews on this aircraft.”

The 90ft aerial refueler is based on proven tanker designs and features technical advances and performance aspects derived from the basic C-130J aircraft. With four engines, it can be used to perform a range of operations, such delivering in battle zones, providing battlefield illumination, carrying ground troops, and performing Medevac operations.

Image: A KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refueler. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.