Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sea Hercules--Lockheed's Answer To Indian Navy's MRMR (Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft), Responds To RFI

The Indian Navy has long been deliberating augmenting its aviation arm.

Lockheed Martin has responded with the Sea Hercules to the Indian Navy's Request for Information (RFI) for Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.

Lockheed unveiled the maritime version of its successful C-130 Hercules medium airlifter at the Singapore Air Show in February 2012.

Lockheed Martin has built a Maritime configuration for the C-130 that the US Coast Guard currently operates.  
The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) capability is also being enhanced at the request of several international customers to include full Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW).  The highly successful Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion MPRA operated by the US Navy and twenty domestic and international operators provides the modern mission system and sensors which can be palletized and transferred to the SC-130J Sea Herc. 

The C-130J operates in many different configurations in addition to its primary role as a combat delivery vehicle.  Adding full ASW capability to the C-130J  is a logical response to meet an international demand for a long range, long time on station, turbo prop multi-role aircraft.   

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