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India Leases Two P-3Cs for $133M

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P-3C Orion(click to view full) The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress [PDF format] that the Government of India wishes to lease 2 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, plus training devices, support and test equipment, and other related training, support, and maintenance-related items and services. The two leased P-3 aircraft will replace two even older Soviet built IL-38 May aircraft, which are quickly reaching the end of their airframe fatigue life. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. India’s rival Pakistan also operates the P-3 Orion, but this will be the first time India has done so. It’s also an indicator of India’s warming relations with the USA and increased military cooperation. The estimated contract value is $133 million, which will include the two aircraft and also the training and integration costs that accompany a new platform. The principal contractors will be: * Lockheed Martin in Eagan, MN * Lockheed Martin Aircraft Center in Greenville, SC * Logistics Support International, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL Implementation of this proposed sale will require technical assistance prior to the delivery of the first aircraft and continued involvement by U.S. and contractor representatives to India for […]

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