India may acquire Six Lockheed Martin C-130J Cargo Planes

India has sought information on buying what would be its first U.S. military aircraft, six Lockheed Martin C-130J “Super Hercules” cargo planes, U.S. Air Force officials and others said Friday.

A request for details of a possible purchase from the Indian defense ministry was delivered to the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, which forwarded it to the Air Force’s office of international affairs, said Dewey Mitchell, an Air Force spokesman.

“Consideration begins upon receipt of the request,” he said in a written reply to queries from Reuters.

Two other people familiar with the matter said India had asked about buying six C-130Js in a letter received by U.S. officials Thursday.

The four-engine turboprop C-130, built by Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp., is the U.S. Air Force’s workhorse cargo and personnel transport aircraft. The “J” is its latest model.

Lockheed Martin referred queries about the matter to U.S. officials. The State Department had no immediate comment.

The Indian request for information about a C-130J sale came days after a trade mission to India by the Aerospace Industries Association, which represents top U.S. defense contractors among others.

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