Lockheed Martin has announced the departure of the third and fourth of six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) from its facility in Georgia, US.

The IAF will receive the transport / refuelling aircraft at Air Force Station Hindon, outside New Delhi.

The C-130J will enhance IAF special operations capabilities, and provide modern airlift to support a wide range of national requirements.

Lockheed has equipped the airlifters with an infrared detection set and protection systems to ensure aircraft survivability in hostile air environments.

Equipped with air-to-air receiver refuelling capability for extended range operations, the aircraft can also perform precision low-level flying, airdrops and landing in blackout conditions.

The IAF is expected to receive the remaining two C-130Js later this year.