The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved a possible $96 million support deal for India’s Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical airlifters.
The package includes spare counter-measure dispensing systems, radar warning receivers, up to 9,000 flare cartridges, and other service and equipment related to the aircraft.
If concluded, the package will be conducted under the US Foreign Military Sales mechanism.
New Delhi operates five C-130J aircraft following the loss of its sixth example in a 2013 crash. It has also placed a follow-on order for six additional examples.
At the Aero India show in February, Lockheed told Flightglobal that it expects New Delhi to eventually replace the lost aircraft. This will allow six C-130Js to be deployed on each of India’s east and west coasts.
“India needs this support for its Super Hercules aircraft to ensure its aircraft operate effectively to serve its transport, local and international humanitarian assistance, and regional disaster relief needs,” says the DSCA.
“This proposed sale of additional equipment and support will enable the Indian Air Force to sustain a higher mission-ready status for its C-130J fleet.”