Indian Defence Minister On C-130J Price

The Indian defence minister was asked in Parliament today to explain the "high purchase price of C-130 jets" (sic) vis-a-vis the Canadian purchase. He replied: "Six C-130J-30 aircraft have been purchased from the Government of United States of America (USG) through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route at a cost of $962-million which includes the cost on account of training, role and support equipment, spares, warranty and US Government administrative charges. In the absence of official information regarding the cost of the Canadian procurement, it is not possible to make appropriate comparative cost analysis."

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