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Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 28 Jan 2015, 17:01
by jq
Hey everyone,

New user - came here through the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/c130.net

I was looking at the photograph below, which according to the caption shows "aviation ordnance technician for Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, straps a rack that can contain up to 10 Griffin missiles onto the loading ramp of a KC-130J. The missile rack is part of the newly developed weapons Harvest HAWK, turning a transport aircraft into an attack and air support platform.".

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Two questions :
1. Are these Griffin missiles now in operation?
2. Does anyone have a picture of the one of these missiles actually being fired from the ramp of a C-130?

thanks!

JimQ

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 29 Jan 2015, 02:12
by Jon
Hi Jim

Welcome! BTW, that page on facebook is run by us.

That's an interesting set up. I too wondered about seeing footage of this deployed/tested.

Also check out this: http://www.codeonemagazine.com/news_item.html?item_id=614

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 29 Jan 2015, 10:23
by Asif
Jim another follow-up is this, also from Code One Magazine.

http://www.codeonemagazine.com/article.html?item_id=112

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2015, 21:27
by jq
Thanks for those links guys!

Looking at those photos, I'm just wondering how those missiles get fired. I can see forward-firing missiles, I can see sidewards-shooting guns on an AC-130 - but how do you aim and fire backwards-firing missiles? Or do the missiles just drop out, then spin forward before firing?

JimQ

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2015, 22:45
by Hercmaster
jq wrote:Thanks for those links guys!

Looking at those photos, I'm just wondering how those missiles get fired. I can see forward-firing missiles, I can see sidewards-shooting guns on an AC-130 - but how do you aim and fire backwards-firing missiles? Or do the missiles just drop out, then spin forward before firing?


The Griffin missile integrated on the Marine Corps' C-130 Harvest Hawk is the "Griffin A" version (AGM-176A). While the Griffin B (BGM-176B) is a forward-firing missile, the "A" is an aft-eject missile.

Here you can see it in action:


or here on LiveLeaks: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=65d_1406864397

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2015, 14:29
by jq
Neat. So the missile is ejected backwards, and fired when it clears the aircraft. Thanks for posting!

While further reading up on the subject, I came across this image of a Marine Corps KC-130 with Griffin (and Hellfire) killmarks! Thought I'd share. I bet this tanker has more killmarks than the fighters it refuels :-)


USMC Gunnery Sgt. Brian D. Cook, the aviation ordnance chief with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron VMGR-252, exits the "Harvest Hawk" equipped Lockheed KC-130J Hercules (BuNo 167110). Note the mission markers indicating 39 launches of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and 10 launches of Griffin missiles. [USMC photo by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington]


JimQ

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2015, 23:27
by wbh
Are there any missles mounted on the IFR Pod mounts. I know that some of the "A" models had them for research work?
WBH

Re: Missiles on Marine Corps KC-130 loading ramp

Unread postPosted: 13 Jun 2015, 17:31
by bobdaley
The marines have some they drop from the ramp and some mounted outboard on the wing, could be at the station the IFR pods normally go.
Bob