Lockheed Martin on Dec. 17 delivered the first of six C-130Js for the Indian air force that comprise a $1.2 billion order placed in 2008 as the country’s first U.S. Foreign Military Sale.
The C-130J delivery is being made first to the U.S. Air Force and then will go the Indian air force in February. All the deliveries are expected to be completed by 2011.
The contract includes training of aircrews and maintenance technicians, spares, ground support and test equipment, servicing carts, forklifts, loading vehicles, cargo pallets and a team of technical specialists who will be based in India during a three-year initial support period.
Powered by four Rolls-Royce AE2100 engines, the C-130J is designed to support special operations. Equipped with an Infrared Detection Set, the aircraft can perform precision low-level flying, airdrops and landings in blackout conditions, Lockheed Martin says.
- Neelam Mathews