Lockheed Martin announced on August 24 that it has been awarded a US$328.8m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for India's fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports.
Through this Follow On Support (FOS) II contract, Lockheed Martin teams will manage the programme, logistics and engineering support elements necessary to sustain the IAF's C-130J-30 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.
This FOS II contract includes sustainment efforts for the IAF's entire Super Hercules fleet. It also covers 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.
Additionally, through the FOS II contract, five of India's C-130J-30s will undergo 12-year servicing (depot maintenance) at a Lockheed Martin-approved Heavy Maintenance Center (HMC), beginning in 2022.
India initially announced its purchase of six C-130J-30s via a Foreign Military Sale with the US government. These aircraft were delivered to the nation by the end of 2011. The IAF received its additional C-130J-30s in 2017 and 2019, respectively.