The Indian Ministry of Defence in New Delhi signed a letter of offer and acceptance for six Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports Friday, Dec. 27, for the national Air Force. The new aircraft will join six C-130Js already part of the Hindan air force fleet flown by 77 Sqn., delivered by Lockheed Martin previously as part of a 2008 contract.
India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the $1.2 billion contract in September for acquirement through U.S. Foreign Military Sales. The first aircraft is slated for delivery by 2016.
The aircraft will be configured for special mission operations as part of the Eastern Air Command and will be based out of Panagrh, West Bengal, India, to meet specs for Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as the country’s northeast region.
The contract includes six spare Rolls-Royce AE2100-D3 engines; eight Bae Systems AN/ALR-56M advanced radar warning receivers and AN/ALE-47 counter-measures dispensing systems; eight ATK AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems; eight AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE III special ops suites by FLIR Systems; and eight Rockwell Collins ARC-210 radios and 3,200 flare cartridges.