The Indian Defence Ministry has been given the go-ahead for the purchase of six more C-130J “Super Hercules” aircraft from the US.
The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence Minister A K Antony has approved a deal worth over Rs 4,000 crore. It will now go to Cabinet Committee on Security for the final approval.
The Indian Air Force already has six C-130J aircraft, which it acquired at a cost of around 1.06 billion USD and are deployed at its Hindon airbase.
The new aircraft will be located at Panagarh in West Bengal, which would be headquarters of the proposed Mountain Strike Corps of the army along the China border.
The purchase of six more aircraft will be through the foreign military sales route between India and the US governments.