Israeli Air Force (IAF) has ceremoniously received its first shipment of the
new Lockheed Martin C-130J “super” Hercules transport aircraft.
A U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft. Credit: USAF.
In a ceremony last week at Lockheed Martin’s
production facility in the U.S., the first of three aircrafts were handed over
to the Israelis, who named the aircraft “Shimshon,” the Hebrew name of the
biblical figure Samson, whose mother felt he would be as bright and strong as
Israel previously operated an older version
of the C-130 since 1971. The new aircraft will extend Israel’s long-range
capabilities, allowing it to transport more soldiers, lift greater loads, and
fly further than the older version.
“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,” George Shultz, vice president and general manager for C-130 programs at
the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, said in a statement.