Lockheed Martin to fo­cus on C-130J at Aero In­dia

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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.

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