Israel’s first C-130J Super Hercules inches closer
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has moved a step closer to operating its first C-130J Super Hercules airlifter following a ceremony to mark Lockheed Martin’s delivery of the first of three aircraft on order from the US government.
The IAF ordered the three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft under a foreign military sale (FMS) with the US. The aircraft will provide the IAF with advanced airlift capabilities in addition to the force’s existing legacy C-130 fleet.
The first aircraft – known as ‘Shimshon’ - will now move into a modification programme to receive Israeli-unique systems, before the in-country delivery, scheduled for the spring of 2014.
George Shultz, vice president and general manager, C-130 programs at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, said: ‘Israel's new C-130J builds on the tradition of its predecessors and offers the IAF unique capabilities that are not only proven, but without equal. With its glass cockpit and modern digital avionics, the C-130J has proven it performs in all environments: hot, cold, dirt and sand. Shimshon will serve the IAF as the C-130 always has -- anywhere, anytime.’
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