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Israel gets fourth C-130J Shimshon

24th October 2016 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has received its fourth Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft, it announced on 18 October.

The IAF expects to integrate a further two C-130J aircraft by the end of 2016, bring the total fleet to six aircraft. The seventh and final aircraft under the purchase agreement is expected to reach Israel in late 2018. The C-130J, designated Shimshon by the IAF, is an upgraded version of the C-130 Hercules Karnaf.

The aircraft has been delivered with communications, observations, mission planning and self-protection systems installed; and has arrived in Israel operationally ready. Further systems will be integrated in-country.

Maj Ilya Koyfman, Shimshon Project Officer, said: 'We are currently examining the aircraft’s refuelling abilities and working to prove that it is a possible capability. In addition, we are examining a low flight system which will be performed with very specific and unique equipment.'

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