The aircraft is likely to arrive in the country by the end of
this month and would be formally inducted into the IAF at a ceremony at
its home base Hindan air base near here on February 5, IAF officials said
The first of the six aircraft procured by India under USD 970 million deal was handed over to IAF in mid-December.
India had purchased the aircraft under the US government”s Foreign
Military Sales route that includes an offset clause under which the firm
will invest 30 per cent of the deal amount back in Indian defence
The aircraft will be based at Hindan in Ghaziabad just outside the
capital, where the infrastructure for its deployment has been completed.
The aircraft would also be pressed into service for transporting special
forces from the capital to other placesin the country in case need
The US government had offered a unique C-130J configuration modified for
special mission roles and these will be the first uniquely configured
aircraft in the IAF fleet for its special operations.
The aircraft will be able to perform precision low-levelflying, air
drops, and landing in blackout conditions. Special features are included
to ensure aircraft survivability in hostile air defence environment.
India is also planning to place orders for six more similar aircraft and
likely to send a Letter of Request to the US Government in this regard
in near future.