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Indian Air Force (IAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $328.8 million five-year contract to provide support for its fleet of a dozen C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, the US aerospace company said on Tuesday. 

Lockheed Martin is the manufacturer of C-130Js, the tactical airlift employed by 26 operators in 22 nations, the company said. 

“Through this Follow On Support II (FOS) contract, Lockheed Martin teams manage the program, logistics and engineering support elements necessary to sustain the IAF’s C-130J fleet. The contract spans a five-year-period, is a Direct Commercial Sale, and is a continuation of a prior five-year FOS I contract where Lockheed Martin provided similar support for the IAF’s C-130J fleet," the statement said. 

India announced the purchase of six C-130J Super Hercules airlifters via a foreign military sale with the US Air Force in 2008. All aircraft were delivered between 2010 and 2011. India received six more C-130Js in 2017 and in 2019. 

“Through an integrated team and dedicated support, Lockheed Martin ensures the IAF’s C-130J fleet is available and ready for every mission," Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility and Maritime Missions, Lockheed Martin, said. 

The FOS II contract includes Lockheed Martin’s support for IAF’s entire Super Hercules fleet, as well as extended options including support for the C-130J airframe, contractor furnished equipment (CFE), peculiar and common spareable items, engines, propellers, software, publication services, ground handling equipment (GHE), ground support equipment (GSE) and test equipment. 

A total of eight employees representing Lockheed Martin, GE (propeller manufacturer) and Rolls-Royce (engine manufacturer) will serve as on-site technical support for the duration of the contract. Additionally through the FOS II contract, five C-130J aircraft will undergo 12-year servicing (depot maintenance) at a Lockheed Martin-approved Heavy Maintenance Center (HMC) beginning in 2022, the statement added. 

Lockheed is also one of the contenders for a tender to supply 114 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to IAF. It is competing with Boeing’s F-18,  SAAB’s Gripen, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, EADS’ Eurofighter Typhoon and Russian MiG-35.

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