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$90M Support contract for Indian C-130J's

September 30, 2020 (by Asif Shamim) - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India of items and services to extend follow-on support for their fleet of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $90 million.

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The first C-130J India KC-3801 took to the skies for its maiden flight on October 4, 2010. The aircraft will now complete a series of company and customer flight tests prior to delivery in December. The second and third aircraft are due to fly within the next few weeks. [Lockheed photo]

The Government of India has requested to buy items and services to extend follow-on support for their fleet of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. These items include aircraft consumables spares and repair/return parts; ground support and equipment;

  • Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) fire e xtinguisher cartridges;
  • flare cartridges;
  • BBU-35/B cartridge impulse squibs;
  • one spare AN/ALR-56M Advanced Radar Warning Receiver shipset;
  • spare AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispenser System shipset;
  • ten Lightweight Night Vision Binocular (F5032);
  • ten AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggle (NVG)(F4949);
  • GPS; Electronic Warfare;
  • instruments and lab equipment support;
  • Joint Mission Planning System;
  • cryptographic device spares and loaders; software and software support;
  • publications and technical documentation;
  • personnel training and training and training equipment;
  • U.S. and contractor engineering, technical, and logistical support;
  • Other related elements of program support.


The estimated total case value is $90 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and improve the security of a major defensive partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region.

The proposed sale ensures the previously procured aircraft operates effectively to serve the needs of Indian Air Force, Army and Navy transport requirements, local and international humanitarian assistance, and regional disaster relief. This sale of spares and services will enable the Indian Air Force to sustain a mission-ready status with respect to the C-130J transport. India will have no difficulty absorbing this additional sustainment support.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed-Martin Company, Marietta, Georgia. There are no known offsets proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives India


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On June 15, 2011 the third and fourth of six C-130J. KC-3805 for the Indian Air Force departs the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia en route to Air Force Station Hindan in India. [Lockheed photo]