DAC ap­proves six more C-130Js for IAF

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC), headed by De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony, has fi­nally ap­proved the pur­chase of six ad­di­tional C-130J Su­per Her­cules spe­cial mis­sion trans­port air­craft for the In­dian Air Force (IAF). The deal will need to go through the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity (CCS) be­fore the con­tract is signed be­tween the two gov­ern­ments.

The ad­di­tional C-130Js will join 77 Squadron ‘ Veiled Vipers’, which have seen much ac­tion this year, in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian relief op­er­a­tions in Ut­tarak­hand as well as the record-break­ing land­ing last month in Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sec­tor. The first lot of C-130Js in ser­vice were de­liv­ered be­fore time, mak­ing the IAF ex­tremely op­ti­mistic about the plat­form, which has gone on to prove it­self well from the Hin­don Air Force Sta­tion.

The IAF had also re­vealed in 2011 that cost sav­ings from speedy de­liv­er­ies would be trans­mit­ted to the sec­ond deal as a dis­count, which could work out to as much as ` 300 crore. IAF Chief Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne has been a strong pro­po­nent of the deal, given the ef­fi­ciency of ex­e­cu­tion and early de­liv­er­ies of a plat­form des­per­ately needed by the IAF for the en­tire gamut of op­er­a­tions. The next batch of C-130Js will have mi­nor tech­ni­cal mod­i­fi­ca­tions as re­quired by the IAF.

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