Images: KC-130J Harvest Hawk takes on new role in Afghanistan [Image 1 of 4]
Maj. Marc Blankenbicker, a fire control officer for the only KC-130J "Harvest Hawk" in Afghanistan, checks the Hellfire missiles attached to the aircraft on the flightline at Forward Operating Base Dwyer. The Harvest Hawk, which is a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) asset, has only been in country since October, but has already detected three improvised explosive devices and fired one GPS guided Hellfire. The battle damage assessment was five enemy forces killed in action and no civilian causalities. The aircraft carries four Hellfire and 10 Griffen GPS guided missiles, and houses an infrared and television camera. Its mission is to provide close air support, conduct intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and find improvised explosive devices.
Date Posted:11.17.2010 08:05
Location:FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, AF