Israel Acquires Two Additional C-130J ‘Samson’ Multi-Mission Transport Aircraft

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Lockheed Martin has received an Undefinitized Contract Action from the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of an additional C 130J ‘Samson’ to Israel, with funding for advanced procurement items for a third aircraft.

Israel ordered its first C-130J in April 2010 and will receive that aircraft in spring 2013. The next two aircraft will be delivered in late 2013 and late 2014 respectively. The contract also covers a number of items to meet Israel’s unique operational requirements.

The Israeli Air Force’s new Super Hercules are the longer fuselage or “stretched” variant of the C-130J.

Israel’s aircraft are being modified during production with non-developmental items, which include an Enhanced Service Life center wing, two embedded Global Positioning Systems and a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation aerial refueling system.