A $328.8 million, five-year comprehensive support contract has been awarded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to Lockheed Martin for its fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules military airlifters and special mission aircraft. Additionally through the FOS II contract, five C-130J Hercules aircraft will undergo 12-year servicing (depot maintenance) at a Lockheed Martin-approved Heavy Maintenance Center (HMC) beginning in 2022.
Through this Follow On Support II (FOS) contract, Lockheed Martin teams will manage the program, logistics and engineering support elements necessary to sustain the IAF’s C-130J fleet.
The five-year contract is a continuation of the prior five-year FOS I contract where Lockheed Martin provided similar support for the IAF’s C-130J fleet.
“As the C-130 OEM, Lockheed Martin brings forth an outstanding team of experts who offer deep knowledge and unmatched insights of the C-130 to our operators,” said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, Lockheed Martin. “It is an honor to continue to partner with the Indian Air Force to support one of the most active C-130J fleets in the world. Through an integrated team and dedicated support, Lockheed Martin ensures the IAF’s C-130J fleet is available and ready for every mission.”
A total of eight employees representing Lockheed Martin, GE (propeller manufacturer) and Rolls-Royce (engine manufacturer) serve as on-site technical support for the duration of the contract.
The FOS II contract includes Lockheed Martin’s sustainment efforts for the IAF’s entire Super Hercules fleet, as well as extended options including Lockheed Martin 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.
India announced its purchase of six C-130J Super Hercules airlifters via a Foreign Military Sale with the U.S. Air Force in 2008. All aircraft were delivered on or ahead of schedule between 2010 and 2011. Additional C-130Js were delivered in 2017 and in 2019.
Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) joint venture in India is also the single, global source of C-130J empennage assemblies which are fitted on all new Super Hercules aircraft. Located in Hyderabad, TLMAL has delivered more than 120 empennages over its first 10 years of operations.
Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the C-130J which has been ordered by 26 operators in 22 nations.
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