Mahindra Defence Systems and Lockheed Martin have opened a C-130J Super Hercules simulator training centre at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Hindon near Delhi.

The facility will train aircrews using the C-130J special operations aircraft, which was acquired from Lockheed Martin in 2011.

Commenting on the centre, Mahindra Defence Systems chairman and Aerospace and Defence Sector group president S P Shukla said: “We believe this will help deliver the objectives of the Government of India and the Indian Air Force.

“Mahindra Defence Systems, in its endeavour 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.”

Equipped with a full motion simulator, the C-130J training facility will provide training to improve tactical and operational skills of C-130J pilots, combat system operators, and loadmasters.

The training will help the aircrew to conduct special operations across national and international boundaries.

The full motion simulator is claimed to provide a realistic and holistic learning environment through day and night training scenarios.

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 Indian Government.

"The training will help the aircrew to conduct special operations across national and international boundaries."

“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 said its Rotary and Mission Systems division will provide life cycle support to C-130J Super Hercules pilots and aircrew.

The C-130J Super Hercules is an advanced tactical airlifter that has been designed to carry out missions in the harshest environments.

To date, the aircraft has recorded more than 1.2 million flying hours in support of combat, humanitarian, special operations, aerial refuelling, firefighting, and search-and-rescue missions around the world.

Image: The Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules. Photo: courtesy of Hemant.rawat1234 via