Lockheed Martin to focus on C-130J at Aero India
With a deal for six additional C-130J Super Hercules nearly concluded, Lockheed Martin is keeping its focus almost solely on the platform at Aero India 2013. An IAF C-130J will be on display at the show this year. Lockheed’s Jack Crisler, Vice President, Air Mobility, Special Operations & Maritime Programs will be at the show for briefings. It may be rememebered that a modified version of the C-130J called the ‘Sea Hercules’ will participate in the Indian Navy’s medium-range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft competition. “This air- lift platform is as versatile as it is proven. Lockheed Martin is exploring opportunities across various Indian services to offer this platform as a solution,” the company said in a statement.
The C-130s began operational use with the Sikkim earthquake in September last year, and their legs have been stretched by pilots with visits to Car Nicobar and other remote parts of the country. Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 50 Fighting Falcons are also expected to be at the air show, but will be fielded as part of a demonstration team by the US Air Force.