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Globus upgrade enhances Israeli Hercules

The Israeli air force's fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130 tactical transports is being equipped with a new mission planning and navigation system.

Developed by the service based on technology from Elbit Systems, Globus has until now only been installed in the weapon systems officer's crew position of the legacy C-130 "Karfnaf". Any changes or deviations in the aircraft's intended flightpath were conveyed orally by the weapon systems officer to the pilots, but the new installation will instead allow them to see such information in real time on their cockpit displays.

The air force's C-130-equipped "Yellow Bird" squadron is in the process of integrating more Globus monitors, with crews currently receiving related training.

Installation of the Globus system is taking place during the first phase of a total redesign of the Israeli air force's C-130H cockpit, with the type to receive digital and head-up displays.

Meanwhile, the service is continuing to develop its capabilities with the new-generation C-130J. It is currently flying its first of six on-order examples of the "Samson".

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