US accepts India's request for supplying 6 more C-130J planes

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  1. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    US accepts India's request for supplying 6 more C-130J planes - The Economic Times


    NEW DELHI: The US has accepted India's request for supplying six more C-130J special operations transport aircraft to the IAF and a communication in this regard was given to the Defence Ministry recently.

    India had sent a Letter of Request (LoR) to the US government in September last year for procuring six additional C-130J aircraft.

    The US government submitted a Letter of Acceptance on April 10 to the Indian Defence Ministry for clearance. Like the first six aircraft, the additional six were also being acquired through foreign military sales (FMS) route, Lockheed Martin officials told PTI here.

    India had signed a deal worth $ one billion with the US in 2007 for six aircraft which are deployed at the Hindon air base near here. The deal for the additional six aircraft is also expected to be around $ one billion.

    Commenting on the development, Lockheed Martin's India head Roger Rose said, "The C-130Js, which were delivered ahead of schedule and within budget, have performed well for the Indian Air Force (IAF)."

    "Lockheed Martin looks forward to continuing our disciplined programme performance by supporting the first six and any additional aircraft the Government of India may order," he added.

    The IAF has decided to deploy the additional six aircraft at its base in Panagarh in West Bengal to take care of the requirements of formations deployed in the northeast and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The aircraft will also be used by the Special Forces to carry out operations or rapid deployment in case of incidents such as the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
     
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  3. mayfair

    mayfair Elite Member Elite Member

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    Great more FMS purchases..oh I am sorry, should I say requests?

    No offsets, No ToT, More expensive and without key equipment. Praise the lady and he poodle.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Though the good part is our capability is increasing, C-130J can carry more than double the payload of an AN-32..

    Supplying ammo and other logistic to high altitude is now more, Good for troops up there..
     
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    arya Senior Member Senior Member

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    good news

    when they will come to iaf
     
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    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    We should at least start talks on having a maintenance centre for these in India and move to parts manufacturing. IT will be a big problem if regular maintenance becomes prohibitively expensive for these birds.
     
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    arya Senior Member Senior Member

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    yes you are right but think till now we are not making tatra truck do you think we can do this
     
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    ^^^ Its a valid question, but its a question of not technical expertise, even the Saudis and UAE have a maintenance facility now where they can repair their US or UK brought fighter jets. So why can't we?

    We already do maintenance on Mirage or build Russian fighter jets locally. If GoI can negotiate on this with the US seriously, we should be able to pull it off.
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    you are so right !

    it's good news that the usa is supplying - but the terms should include what you have stated above - and it is a most reasonable request , nothing unusual at all - and yet the goi has allowed the opportunity to slip through our hands ??

    it seems they have their attention elsewhere

    i sometimes wonder what is their FULL-TIME JOB ??
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    There is JV tank between TATA & Lockheed

    Rest of the article in the link..
     
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    A400 has even more capacity:
    Airbus A400M Atlas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Do you guys think it was a request
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It was essential for Indian strategy and the US complied since India falls within its strategic pursuits.
     

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