The Israeli air force has performed the first flight of an upgraded Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transport, under a modernisation programme launched in 2012.

Being performed by Israel Aerospace Industries' Bedek division and incorporating some equipment supplied by Elbit Systems, the work includes installing glass cockpit avionics, a new weather radar and a replacement centre wing box.

Upgraded Israeli C-130H - Hagar Amibar Israeli air

Hagar Amibar/Israeli air force magazine

Following the completion of the upgrade, the air force's H-model Hercules are expected to be able to continue flying until at least 2040. They will be operated alongside Israel's new-generation C-130Js.

Flightglobal's Fleets Analyzer database records two C-130Js as being in current active use in Israel, with another two examples ordered so far.