Last Of Six C-130Js For India Departs

Just received this from Lockheed-Martin: Number six of the six C-130J Super Hercules ordered by India, under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, departed Marietta on December 15. This aircraft, like its five predecessors, was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget.

The Indian Air Force is in the process of finalising a contract for six more C-130Js, taking its total order of the aircraft to twelve. The IAF's Hercs are part of 77 Squadron Veiled Vipers, based at Hindon Air Force Station on the outskirts of Delhi.

How things change. Today is Vijay Diwas (Victory Day), the 40th anniversary of India's victory in the 1971 war. It was during this war that Indian pilots shot up American aircraft in Pakistan, including, in fact, a C-130 Hercules at Chaklala base by Admiral Arun Prakash (then a young navy pilot on deputation to the IAF).

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