NEVATIM AIR BASE, Israel, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Israel's first Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130J Super Hercules airlifter arrived at Nevatim Air Base today. Along with senior Israeli officials, Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson attended the ceremony and made remarks.
Israel ordered its C-130Js through a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract with the U.S. Government. This is the first ferry of the C-130Js currently on order for the IAF, which has operated legacy C-130s since 1971.
In non-combat - but equally harsh environments - C-130Js are often the first to support humanitarian missions such as search and rescue, aerial firefighting in the U.S., and delivering relief supplies after earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis around the world.
This C-130J Super Hercules was first delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in June 2013 in Marietta, Ga., at the Lockheed Martin facility where it was manufactured. The aircraft remained in the U.S. to receive Israeli-specific, post-production modifications.Remarks by Marillyn Hewson, as prepared for delivery, at today's ceremony: I am delighted to be here today to commemorate the delivery of Israel's first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. I am especially honored to mark this occasion in the presence of so many brave and talented members of the Israeli Air Force. All of us at Lockheed Martin are proud to support the Israel Defense Force in its mission to protect and defend the State of Israel. We feel privileged to bring you the world's most advanced technology to meet the complex and dynamic security challenges of this region. And we are proud of our decades-long partnership. Today, we mark the latest milestone in that important partnership. And we celebrate the long-time friendship between Israel and the United States of America. This first C-130J represents a new generation of transport aircraft that will bring unique capabilities and superior performance. This aircraft is worthy of its given name.