Lockheed Martin receives Indian C-130J-30 support contract

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.

Indian C-130J-30 at Grand Forks AFB 13-01-18 [USAF/Airman 1st Class Elora J Martinez]
An Indian Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules receives fuel and routine maintenance at Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, before heading to McChord AFB in Washington for Exercise Vajra Prahar on January 13, 2018. USAF/Airman 1st Class Elora J Martinez

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.