The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has revealed more details of the ongoing upgrade programme for its ageing fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport planes.

The aircraft, which joined the IAF in the 1970s and 1980s, are undergoing upgrades to extend their lifespans by decades and to modernise their avionics, Lieutenant Colonel Y, a senior officer in the IAF, told IHS Jane’s .

The work to extend the aircraft’s lifespan is focused on replacing their wing boxes. “We take this critical component and replace it, thereby keeping the plane operational for dozens of years into the future,” Lt Col Y said. […]