Lockheed Martin will be delivering the new batch of C-130J transport military aircraft in 2017, Abhay Paranjape, Business Development Director of C-130 said today.
“We will deliver all 6 C-130J Super Hercules in 2017 to the Indian Air Force,” Paranjape told at the press conference today on sidelines of the DefExpo 2016.
In addition, the US-firm is also in discussion with the India Meteorological Department for specially configured C-130J aircraft that fly into typhoons and hurricanes to obtain information about major storms far more detailed than is provided by weather satellites.
When quizzed about opening F-16 production line in India, Paranjape commented that “both the governments are going to hold a discussion in couple of weeks. The company will not comment on it until then”.
India placed an order for additional six C-130Js in 2013, besides operating five more. India lost one C-130J airlifter in 2013 crash.
West Bengal's Panagarh will be the Indian Air Force's (IAF) second hub for these new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. From the new runway, IAF will start operating the Super Hercules aircraft beginning May this year and from March 2017 a permanent unit will start.
Lockheed Martin has named teams from two Indian universities as winners of its C-130J Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge on Tuesday. Lockheed Martin launched the Indian University design challenge in November 2014
Lockheed Martin Corp has won a $1 billion contract from the US Air Force for production of 32 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, the US Department of Defense announced Wednesday. As per the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide 13 C-130J-30, five HC-130J, 11 MC-130J, two KC-130J and one U
India will begin operations of six new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from August next year at Panagarh Airbase in West Bengal. Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief,Eastern Air Command, said contracts for additional six aircraft have already been signed and they will arrive by April next year
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