After years of engineering, it’s finally here: the first new Super Hercules C-130J fleet landed at the Nevatim Air Base on Wednesday and was inaugurated into the Israel Air Force ranks.

The planes, officially acquired from Lockheed Martin in June 2013, also known as Samsons, are the first of what will make up the reinvented Elephant Squadron.

Designed over several years by Israeli and American engineers, the larger and comes complete with more advanced technology than its predecessors. According to the IDF Spokesman’s Office, it has a range of 4,000 kilometers and will be equipped with advanced computer systems that will allow technicians to monitor the plane’s routine operations in order to automatically detect malfunctions.  […]