India to buy six Lockheed aircraft for 1.1 billion dollars

US defence and aerospace major Lockheed Martin has signed a deal with the Indian government worth an estimated 1.1 billion dollars to sell six Super Hercules C-130J military transport planes, a news report said Monday.

India to buy six Lockheed aircraft for 1.1 billion dollars
"We are proud India chose the C-130J to meet its airlift needs," Orville Prins, vice-president for business development in India for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, was quoted by the IANS news agency as saying.

"They will soon join the ranks of seven countries who experience first hand the outstanding capabilities of the C-130J Super Hercules," said Prins, who was attending a defence exposition in New Delhi.

This is India's third major military procurement from the US. The first two were for Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) from Raytheon and the other one was for second-hand amphibious operations ship LPD (landing Platform Dock) Trenton, now named INS Jalashwa, along with its six onboard Sikorsky helicopters.

"The cost of the Super Hercules deal has not been disclosed but indications from Washington place the package at nearly 1.1 billion dollars, which outstrips the cost of the earlier two deals put together," the IANS report said.

According to Lockheed, the C-130J model is the latest version of the Hercules C-130 that has been configured for landing and takeoff from a grassy field or dirt patch the size of a football field.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Şubat 2008, 10:35