Mahindra, Lockheed open Hercules training centre at Hindon base

Mahindra Defence Systems in association with Lockheed Martin opened the C-130J Super Hercules simulator training centre at the Hindon Air Force station near the national Capital.
Mahindra, Lockheed open Hercules training centre at Hindon base
File photo of the C-130J Super Hercules


The Hindon facility will train the air crew who operate the C-130J special operations aircraft acquired from Lockheed Martin in 2011. SP Shukla, group president, aerospace and defence sector and chairman of Mahindra Defence Systems, said the facility will help deliver the objectives of the Air Force of building indigenous military capabilities.
“The centre will deliver qualitative and quantitative training to hone the tactical and operational skills of the C-130J pilots, combat system operators and load-masters to conduct special operations across the national and international boundaries,” Shukla said.
Lockheed Martin India chief executive Phil Shaw said, “the commencement of formal training on the C-130J weapons systems trainer demonstrates our commitment to meet the defence needs of the government. Our rotary and mission systems division will provide life-cycle support to C-130J Super Hercules pilots and aircrew.”
The Mahindras entered the aerospace business in 2008 with utility aircraft and aero-structure manufacturing. Its utility aircraft business, based in Australia, currently produces the Airvan 8 aircraft.
Mahindra Aerospace has also developed next-gen 10-seat turboprop, the Airvan 10 which has been certified in the US and Australia. 
Mahindra Aero-structures is based in Bengaluru and produces parts, components and sub-assemblies for platforms produced by global OEMs. Mahindra Defence’s product range includes armoured vehicles, radars and surveillance equipment, among others.

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