PICTURES: Lockheed reveals first C-130J in Indian colours

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The Indian air force’s first C-130J tactical transport has emerged from the paint shop at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant in Georgia, roughly six months before its scheduled delivery.

“The aircraft now enters flight test in preparation for delivery at the end of the year,” Lockheed says.

India’s first of six stretched-fuselage C-130J-30s currently on order, the lead aircraft is shown carrying the registration KC-3801.

© Lockheed Martin

© Lockheed Martin

Lockheed earlier this month released an image of New Delhi’s first three C-130Js in final assembly, and said the first example would arrive in India next February.