About Lockheed Martin Israel
Lockheed Martin is proud of the significant role it has fulfilled in the security of the State of Israel. The company is proud of the C-130 and F-16 aircraft that are faithfully serving the Israel Air Force since the 1970s and 1980s.
The first Hercules C-130H arrived in Israel in October 1971. The C-130E/H - or the Rhinoceros - as it is affectionately known in this country, earned its glory in Operation Entebbe, to rescue hostages from Uganda. It took part in countless humanitarian missions and special operations and in the collection of the Jewish Diaspora, as the Jews of Ethiopia were airlifted to Israel as part of Operation Solomon. The new C-130J Samson is continuing the impressive legacy set by the Hercules squadrons over more than 40 years of service.
The F-16 has been the most important fighter jet in the Israel Air Force for nearly 35 years. Since the arrival of the very first F-16A/B Falcon fighters in 1980, the F-16 has proven its worth in numerous prestigious operations and has respectfully earned a prominent position in the Air Force. Over the years, the Air Force has ordered additional groups of more advanced F-16 fighters, such as the F-16C/D Barak and lastly the F-16I Sufa.
Lockheed Martin has supplied the Israel Air Force with 102 two-seater F-16I Sufa fighters, of a model specially adapted for Israel. The first Sufa fighters arrived in February 2004 and the entire quantity that was ordered was delivered within five years. Due to these acquisitions, Israel became the owner of the largest fleet of F-16 fighters outside the United States.
In November 2004, Lockheed Martin completed its undertaking for industrial collaboration with Israeli companies and for offset acquisitions in Israel as part of the Peace Marble V program. The industrial collaboration - at a volume of $1.45 billion - was completed within less than five years, significantly earlier than the 12 years in the original plan. This industrial collaboration contributed to approximately 40 Israeli companies, most of which in the defense industries, along with high-tech companies, venture capital funds and research and development institutions.
Lockheed Martin has also assisted in strengthening the IDF ground forces. The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin is used by the IDF ground forces and introduced new capabilities in the 1980s for providing artillery assistance in the battlefield. Lockheed Martin has also supplied radars, rockets, fire control and guidance systems, laser pointers and pods, while also lending support to training, air traffic control and weather forecasting, to name but a few of our diverse activities.
In order to renovate the aging fleet of the original Hercules (Rhinoceros) aircraft, the Air Force has decided to acquire innovative C-130J Super Hercules airplanes. In April 2010, Israel ordered the first C-130J aircraft and exercised the option to acquire six additional C-130J ones, that were given the Hebrew name Samson. The first Samson landed at the Nevatim Air Force Base in April 2014, and by the end of 2016, additional 5 aircraft were supplied to the Israeli Air Force, the 7th will be delivered in 2017.
Lockheed Martin will also be supplying the Israel Air Force with fifth-generation fighter jets, following the decision of the Israeli government in September 2010 to select the F-35 Lightning II fighter that was named Adir in Israel. The initial acquisition agreement included 19 Adir fighter jets, at a total cost of approximately $2.7 billion, with the first two planes were delivered in December 2016. In November 2014, the government of Israel decided to acquire 14 additional Adir fighters and in October 2016 additional 17 aircraft were ordered to complete a second F-35 squadron, a total of 50 aircraft to be delivered yearly until 2022.
As part of the F-35 program as well, Lockheed Martin signed Industrial Participation agreements with Israeli defense companies. In early November 2014, a new production line for F-35 wing boxes was inaugurated at Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). As part of the contract Lockheed Martin, IAI will manufacture over 800 pairs of wing skins over the course of 15 years, at a total financial volume of approximately $2.5 billion. In addition, several agreements of industrial participation are already being conducted with additional Israeli companies, including Elbit Systems, Cyclone, Tadiran and others. The collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Israeli industries is expected to exceed $4 billion. According to the Ministry of Defense, by the end of 2016, US$933 million worth of agreements were signed.
Expansion of Lockheed Martin Israel
In late 2014, Lockheed Martin Israel doubled its office space at the Museum Tower in Tel Aviv. The company is continuing to expand its operations in several areas, as part of its long term plan to expand the local team and to develop businesses in new areas, in addition to its previous activity in the defense industry. This will be accomplished primarily by creating collaborations with industry and academia in Israel in the areas of cyber, education, research and development and more.