Elbit Systems was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide and operate flight simulators for the upgraded C-130H Hercules and C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF).
The contract value will be in an amount of $74 million dollars for a thirteen-year period which includes a set up phase of approximately three years and a ten-year operating period.
Elbit Systems will set up and operate the IAF upgraded C-130H and C-130J training center, providing two inter-connected flight simulators that enable both single and squadron training and a ground crews simulator that enables high fidelity training of aircraft maintenance procedures.
Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division, commented: “We are proud to have been selected by the IMOD, especially since it comes on the heels of the successful completion of the upgrade program of the IAF’s C-130H aircraft fleet. This is yet another example of Elbit Systems’ technological and operational leadership in the training and simulation field and attests to the growing demand in many countries for all-inclusive interconnected simulation platforms, that enhance the quality of training while reducing flight hours”.
Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed(now Lockheed Martin).
Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, MEDEVAC, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue (SAR), scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting.
It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over forty variants and versions of the Hercules, including a civilian one marketed as the Lockheed L-100, operate in more than 60 nations.
The C-130 entered service with the U.S. in the 1950s, followed by Australia and others. During its years of service, the Hercules family has participated in numerous military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations
C-130J Super Hercules:
Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems.
The aircraft has a six-bladed composite propeller coupled to a Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turbo engine and brings substantial performance improvements.
The C-130J entered the U.S. Air Force inventory in February 1999. Currently there are more than 300 C-130Js in operation with 19 countries.
The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 60 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations.