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Israel orders additional C-130J-30 Hercules airlifters

04 December 2013
The first C-130J-30 aircraft being handed over to the IAF during a ceremony at the Marietta production faciity in the United States. The aircraft will be flown to Israel in 2014. Source: Lockheed Martin

The first C-130J-30 aircraft being handed over to the IAF during a ceremony at the Marietta production faciity in the United States. The aircraft will be flown to Israel in 2014. (Lockheed Martin)The first C-130J-30 aircraft being handed over to the IAF during a ceremony at the Marietta production faciity in the United States. The aircraft will be flown to Israel in 2014. (Lockheed Martin)

The Israeli government has signed for two additional Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft to augment the four already on order, the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 3 December.

A USD81.2 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin will fund the manufacture of the fourth C-130J-30 already on order for the Israel Air Force (IAF), as well as securing long-lead items for the manufacture of a fifth and sixth aircraft, and external fuel tank modification kits.

Work will be carried out at the company's facility in Marietta, Georgia, and is due for completion by 30 June 2016.

The IAF has requested a total of nine C-130J-30s (dubbed Shimshon [Samson]) as long-term replacements for its ageing C-130E/H transport and KC-130H aerial-refuelling platforms.



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