First C-130J Su­per Her­cules ‘Shimshon’ ar­rives in Is­rael


Is­rael’s first Lock­heed Martin C-130J Su­per Her­cules air­lifter ar­rived at Ne­va­tim Air Base re­cently. Is­rael or­dered its C-130Js through a for­eign mil­i­tary sale (FMS) con­tract with the US Govern­ment. This is the first ferry of the C-130Js cur­rently on or­der for the IAF, which has op­er­ated legacy C-130s since 1971.

In non-com­bat – but equally harsh envi-- ron­ments – C-130Js are of­ten the first to sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions such as search and res­cue, aerial fire­fight­ing in the US, and de­liv­er­ing re­lief sup­plies af­ter earthquakes, hur­ri­canes, ty­phoons and tsunamis around the world.

This C-130J Su­per Her­cules was first de­liv­ered to the Is­raeli Air Force in June 2013 in Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia, at the Lock­heed Martin fa­cil­ity where it was man­u­fac­tured. The air­craft re­mained in the US to re­ceive Is­raeli-spe­cific, post-pro­duc­tion mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

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