First Parachute Training with the C-130J

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

First Parachute Training with the C-130J

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

First Parachute Training with the C-130J

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

First Parachute Training with the C-130J

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

First Parachute Training with the C-130J

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

The new C-130J took off for its first parachuting training earlier this week. The goal: Using its ability to airlift large number of troops

Shani Poms | Translation: Eden Sharon

The C-130J took off for its first automatic parachuting exercise this morning. The parachute training was conducted near Palmachim Airbase and participated by 30 cadets from the parachuting instructing course of the FSTC (Flight and Special Training Center).

“The ability to parachute troops is crucial to the C-130J”, says Brigadier General Lihu, Commander of Nevatim Airbase, home of the C-130J. “This training marks an important milestone in the process of preparing the plane for operational missions”.

Automatic parachuting is conducted in low altitude. “The flight is much more comfortable on the side of the paratrooper”, determines Lieutenant Colonel Noriel Nachmias, FSTC Commaner, immediately after landing. “Our goal is to exploit the ability of the airplane to carry a large number of troops. While the C-130 can airlift 54 paratroopers, we aspire to airlift 86 in the new C-130J”.

Qualified Also for Long-Distance Flight
On top of parachuting, the C-130J teams practiced take off and landing. During last November, the C-130J performed its first long-distance flight. The sortie took place in the skies of Romania, Bulgaria and Greece and met the expectations of the squadron.

“The ability to fly abroad is highly important for us as a transport squadron”, said than Major Roee, Commander of weapon system officers’ branch in the “Elephant” squadron. “The training was excellent and it fills us with confidence towards the operational activation to come”.

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