Photo Credit: courtesy, Israel Air Force
The 'Shimson' - or Super Hercules' C130J to join the 103rd Squadron of the Israel Air Force.

The seventh and final C130J transport plane has been delivered to Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel, the Israel Air Force announced.

The IAF plane is called the ‘Samson’ (Shimshon in Hebrew); in the United States it is called the ‘Super Hercules.’


A special welcoming ceremony was held Sunday at the air base, located in the northern Negev, to celebrate the arrival on Friday of the final aircraft in the new fleet purchased from U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

The first plane was delivered to the Elephants Squadron at Nevatim Air Base in April 2014.

The C130J can fly more than 4,000 kilometers and contains an anti-missile system in its electronic warfare system, which also includes the ability to deploy flares when it detects a missile, allowing it to evade the threat.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.