Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd. has produced empennage assemblies in Hyderabad, India, that include the Super Herculesâ€™ vertical and horizontal stabilizers as well as 28 sets of the aircraftâ€™s center wing box components, Lockheed said Monday.
Ramadorai, chairman of Tata Advanced Systems, said the TLMAL joint venture is an example of industrial partnership between the U.S. and India and seeks to reflect Lockheedâ€™s and Tataâ€™s efforts to build up aerospace productionÂ in India.
Lockheed noted it has delivered at least 2,500 C-130s to 63 clients worldwide and that Indiaâ€™s air force has placed an order for six additional planes.
C-130J Super HerculesÂ works as a tactical airlifter and is designed to support aerial refueling, search and rescue, aerial firefighting, humanitarian, flying combat and humanitarian missions.
The plane has logged over 1.2 million flight hours and is operated by 16 countries.