Is­rael re­ceives first C-130J Su­per Her­cules ‘Shimshon’


Lock­heed Martin de­liv­ered to Is­rael its first C-130J Su­per Her­cules air­lifter dur­ing a cer­e­mony re­cently at its aero­nau­tics com­pany’s pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity here. This is first of three C-130Js cur­rently on or­der for the Is­raeli Air Force (IAF), which has op­er­ated legacy C-130s since 1971.

The IAF has be­stowed the nick­name “Shimshon” on its C-130Js. Shimshon is He­brew for Sam­son, who was a judge and leader for the peo­ple of Is­rael. Sam­son’s mother called him Shimshon, which is de­rived from the He­brew word for sun, be­cause she felt he was des­tined to be as bright and mighty as the sun and would de­liver the Jewish peo­ple from their en­e­mies.

“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,” said Ge­orge Shultz, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, C-130 pro­grammes at the Lock­heed Martin Aero­nau­tics Com­pany. “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.”

Is­rael or­dered its C-130Js through a for­eign mil­i­tary sale (FMS) con­tract with the US Govern­ment. Upon de­liv­ery, this air­craft will move into a mod­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme and re­ceive Is­raeli-unique sys­tems. An in­coun­try de­liv­ery for this C-130J is sched­uled for spring 2014.

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