Possible Buy Would Be First Ever US Military Aircraft For
According to Reuters, US Air Force
officials confirmed Friday India has sought purchase information
for six Lockheed C-130J cargo planes. This would be the first
purchase by India of a US military aircraft.
USAF spokesman Dewey Mitchell told Reuters the Indian defense
ministry delivered the request to the US embassy in New Delhi, who
sent it on to the Air Force's office of international affairs.
The request followed a visit to the country by the Aerospace
Industries Association (AIA) representing US aviation interests,
including defense contractors.
Mitchell said, "Consideration begins upon receipt of the
The C-130J is Lockheed's latest iteration of the US armed forces
workhorse inter-theater airlifter. The aircraft is a four-engine
turbo-prop design capable of operating from short/unimproved
Lockheed gets about $70 million per copy depending on
configuration at current list prices.
The C-130 is in use by all branches of the US armed services.
Its many different variants are used for airlift, airdrop, aerial
tanker, reconnaissance, command and control, SAR, special forces,
aerial bombardment and close air support/attack roles, among
The current administration has cozied up to India of late hoping
to cement closer ties with the country's armed forces in an
apparent hedge against China.
As part of that effort, US defense contractors have been given
the go ahead to compete for a multi-role fighter contract the New
Delhi government is organizing.
Under consideration are the F-16 and F-18, both front line US
military fighter aircraft.