Washington: India is set to receive the
first of the six C-130J Super Hercules, a major force
multiplier is ready for flight test, its American manufacturer
Lockheed Martin has said.
The first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules for
India has completed painting at the company`s Marietta,
The aircraft, the world`s most advanced airlifter, now
enters flight test in preparation for delivery at the end of
the year, the company said yesterday.
The programme for India includes six C-130Js, training
of aircrew and maintenance technicians, spare parts, and
ground support and test equipment.
Also included is India-unique operational equipment
designed to increase Special Operations capabilities, Lockheed
The six C-130Js will give the Indian Army and Air
Force new special operations capabilities using the world`s
most advanced air lifter.
The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable
Lockheed C0-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and
other systems. The Indian Air Force purchased six C-130J-30s
in early 2008 at a cost of up to USD 1.059 billion.
It is a package deal with the US government under its
Foreign Military sales programme, and India has retained
options to buy six more of these aircraft for its special
forces for combined army-air force operations.