India to Acquire 6 Additional C-130J Aircraft in 2017
Lockheed Martin will deliver the next batch of C-130J transport military aircraft to the Indian Air Force in 2017, Abhay Paranjape, Business Development Director of C-130 said at a press conference on the side lines of DefExpo 2016, the ninth in the series of biennial Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, and a very important event in India, that was held in Goa recently.
The company is also in discussion with the India Meteorological Department for specially configured C-130J aircraft that fly into hurricanes to obtain information about major storms far more detailed than is provided by weather satellites, reports Defense World.
Panagarh, an air force base in the eastern state of West Bengal, will be the Indian Air Force’s second hub for these new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The air force will start operating the Super Hercules aircraft beginning May this year and from March 2017 a permanent unit will start.