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Israeli Air Force to receive a second Hercules C-130J

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Israel
 
 
Israeli Air Force to receive a second Super Hercules C-130J
 
According to Flightglobal, a second Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport will be delivered to the Israeli air force soon, following a lead example that was received by the service on 9 April.
     
According to Flightglobal, a second Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport will be delivered to the Israeli air force soon, following a lead example that was received by the service on 9 April.
First IAF Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft received on April 9, 2014
     

The Israeli service has four C-130Js on order and calls the new-generation Hercules the "Samson". Sources in Israel say that a follow-on contract for another two of the aircraft is also in final stages of processing.

Israel's C-130Js have a three-seat cockpit configuration, similar to that used by the US special forces community. Its first aircraft has already been equipped with dedicated mission systems, and crews from its "Elephants" squadron are now busy developing operational tactics for tasks such as low-level and night-time flight.

The availability of the unit's second new transport will enable it to expand this work to explore different tactics for the potential missions that it may be asked to perform.

Israel's C-130 fleet – which also currently includes 18 E- and H-model aircraft – is an important element in the long-range missions that are performed by its Depth Command.