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.

F-35 ADIR
First flight of the F-35 ADIR

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Israel Product & Capabilities

F-35 Lightning II in Israel

First F-35A Adir for Israel

Establishing air superiority in today’s complex global security climate requires the unprecedented capabilities and versatility that only the F-35 Lightning II can offer.

Conceived in the mid 1990s, the tri-variant F-35 represents the pinnacle of more than 50 years of fighter development technology. Designed to dominate the skies, the F-35 combines the 5th Generation characteristics of radar evading stealth, supersonic speed and extreme agility with the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history.

Advanced avionics give the pilot real-time access to battle space information with spherical coverage and an unparalleled ability to dominate the tactical environment. Data collected by F-35 sensors can be immediately shared with commanders at sea, in the air or on the ground, providing an instantaneous, high-fidelity view of ongoing operations – making the Lightning II a formidable force multiplier. 

The F-35’s built-in sustainment establishes new levels of operational readiness. Aircraft share common parts, support equipment and technical data, yielding greater reliability and long-term cost savings. And the F-35’s strong global partnership and broad industrial base ensures affordability through economies of scale while delivering thousands of technology sector jobs around the world. 

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II – the world’s only international 5th Generation multirole fighter.

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C-130J Super Hercules in Israel

Israel Receives First C-130J Super Hercules: ‘Shimshon’

The Most Proven. And Still Proving It.

There is no aircraft in aviation history — either developed or under development — that can match the flexibility, versatility and relevance of the C-130 Hercules. In continuous production longer than any other military aircraft, the C-130 has earned a reputation as a workhorse ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime.

The C-130J Super Hercules offers superior performance and new capabilities, with the range and flexibility for every theater of operations and evolving requirements. This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments, and is often seen as the first aircraft “in,” touching down on austere landing strips before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters.

With more than one million hours of flying combat, humanitarian, special operations, aerial refueling, firefighting, and search and rescue missions around the world, the C-130J stands ready for its next mission and for whatever the future holds.

C-130J Super Hercules by the Numbers:

  • One million+ flight hours logged
  • Operated by 16 countries
  • 16+ different missions operating worldwide
  • Used to set 54 world records
  • 300+ C-130Js delivered or on order
  • Can operate out of 2,000 foot-long dirt strips in high mountain ranges
  • Ability to transport more than 40,000 pounds of cargo and supplies

C-130 Hercules Family by the Numbers:    

  • Operated by 70 countries
  • 2,400+ C-130 aircraft delivered

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

Sikorsky Innovations is an agile, distributed group of experts within the Engineering & Technology, as well as our academic, industry and business partners. Working together, we are leveraging the strengths of Sikorsky Aircraft to quickly and affordably solve the toughest problems in vertical flight by introducing new technologies, processes and products.

Intelligence technologies are changing the way we fly and maintain helicopters. By coupling intelligent systems with the health and usage operations that govern them, we are improving the aircraft’s safety, economics, and mission effectiveness. Sikorsky helicopters are becoming smarter, require the replacement of parts less often than other aircraft, and achieve efficiency and performance without added cost and weight. Intelligence is about revolutionizing the economic viability and utility of helicopters.

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