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Debut of C-130J Shimshon on Israeli ground

The first C-130J Shimson of the Israeli Air & Space Force (Image © Lockheed Martin)
The first C-130J Shimson of the Israeli Air & Space Force (Image © Lockheed Martin)

The Israeli Air & Defence saw the debut of a new aircraft on 9 April 2014, when the first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules – or Shimshon in Israeli service – landed at Nevatim Airbase.

Israel ordered its six C-130Js through a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract with the US Government. The country has been operating original C-130s since 1971, This is the first ferry of the C-130Js currently on order for the IAF, which has operated legacy C-130s since 1971. The force currently flies the a dozen C-130E/H Qarnafs, plus three tanker KC-130Hs.

The first C-130J was actually already handed over in June 2013, but it remained at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Marietta, Georgia, to install modifications especially requested by the Israeli.

Source: Lockheed Martin

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