Lockheed Martin’s C-130J tactical transport is being further integrated in the Israeli defence forces’ new Depth Command capabilities, with one of the service’s examples having conducted a first paratroop drop during an exercise on 4 February.

The parachute training was conducted near Palmachim air base in central Israel. Thirty cadets from the parachuting instruction course of the Flight and Special Training Center (FSTC) jumped from the C-130J “Samson”.

“The ability to parachute troops is crucial to the C-130J. This training marks an important milestone in the process of preparing the plane for operational missions,” the commander of the type’s home base, Nevatim, and identified only as Brig Gen Lihu, told the Israeli air force website. […]