Zodiac Marine Craft is airdropped from an C-130J Hercules of Royal Australian Air Force.
The C-130J Hercules is undergoing a series of capability upgrades and role expansions as it continues to serve the Australian Defence Force as a medium tactical airlifter. This has included increases to its communications and situational awareness systems, aircraft self-protection suite, and increased airdrop capability.
Several of these developments are being conducted under the auspice of Air Force’s Plan Jericho, and are intended to make the Hercules even more effective at operating in a modern battlespace. Commencing its RAAF service in 1999 with No. 37 Squadron, the C-130J is the latest variant of the Hercules transport to serve Air Force since the introduction of the C-130A in 1958.