|Published: August 2017|
Hindan Air Force Base, near Delhi. A Commemoration Ceremony was held August 30 at Air Force Station Hindan to mark the successful operationalisation of the C-130 J full motion level D Weapons System Trainer (Simulator). The simulator was rededicated to the nation and the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command The event coincided with the completion of yet another aircrew training programme wherein eight pilots graduated towards the next phase of operational deployment.
The C-130 J simulator is the first full motion simulator for the IAF, operationalised, managed and maintained by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd in association with Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA.With a full motion simulator, the C-130J training facility offers complete training solutions of training aircrews who operate the C-130J special operations aircraft acquired from Lockheed Martin in 2011. The technology and configuration of the simulator enable aircrew to perform precision low-level flying, airdrops, disaster relief, HADR Operations and landing in blackout conditions status with zero Flight Time.
Complementing Mahindra Defence Systems and Lockheed Martin, Air Marshal Hari Kumar said that the IAF has tremendously benefitted from this industry led training model and he hoped that this association would bring rich dividends to the Air Force.
In response, Mr SP Shukla, Group President, Aerospace & Defence Sector, and Chairman Mahindra Defence Systems said, “We are delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin in this venture in service to the Nation. We believe this will help deliver the objectives of the Government of India and the Indian Air Force (IAF) of building indigenous military capabilities.” “Mahindra Defence Systems, in its endeavor to support the Make in India initiative of the Government of India, is consistently building the ecosystem through similar programmes towards a mission ready IAF,” he added.
Mr Phil Shaw, chief executive, Lockheed Martin India, said. “In partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin is meeting the increasing global demand for C-130J military flight training with a new training centre in India. Lockheed Martin’s Rotary & Mission Systems division will provide lifecycle support to C-130J Super Hercules pilots and aircrew.”