Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Commemorate C-130J Training Center for IAF

Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Commemorate C-130J Training Center for Indian Air Force at Hindon, NCR



Mahindra Defence Systems dedicated its state-of-the-art C-130J Super Hercules simulator training center in service to the nation at a commemorative event at the Air Force base at Hindon. With a full motion simulator, the C-130J training facility offers complete training solution of training aircrews who operate the C-130J special operations aircraft acquired from Lockheed Martin  in 2011.

“We are delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin in this venture in service to the Nation,” said S. P. Shukla, Group President, Aerospace & Defence Sector, and Chairman, Mahindra Defence Systems. “We believe this will help deliver the objectives of the Government of India and the Indian Air Force of building indigenous military capabilities.  Mahindra Defence Systems, in its endeavor to support the Make in India initiative of the Government of India, is consistently building the ecosystem through similar programs towards a mission ready IAF,” he added.

 The center will deliver qualitative and quantitative training to hone the tactical and operational skills of the C-130Jpilots, combat system operators and loadmasters to conduct special operations across National and International boundaries. Towards this end, the state-of-the-artfull motion simulator offers realistic and holistic learning environment through day and night training scenarios.

“The commencement of formal training on the C-130J Weapons Systems Trainer demonstrates our commitment to meet the defence needs of the Indian Government,” saidPhil Shaw, chief executive, Lockheed Martin India. “In partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin is meeting the increasing global demand for C-130J military flight training with a new training center in India.  Lockheed Martin’s Rotary & Mission Systems division will provide lifecycle support to C-130J Super Hercules pilots and aircrew”


Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AOC-IN-C, WAC IAF reviews simulator training at Air Force Station Hindan

A Commemoration Ceremony was held at Air Force Station Hindan to mark the successful operationalisation of the C-130 J full motion level D Weapons System Trainer (Simulator). The simulator was rededicated to the nation and the Indian Air Force by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM ADC, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command. The event coincided with the completion of yet another aircrew training programme wherein eight pilots graduated towards the next phase of operational deployment. Expressing his satisfaction over the progress of trainees, the Air Marshal said “….. training is the bedrock of achieving operational excellence. Successful completion of the training here lays foundation for the new platforms that IAF is inducting, including C-17 Globemaster, Apache and Chinook.”

The C-130 J simulator is the first full motion simulator for the IAF, operationalised, managed and maintained by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd in association with Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA. The technology and configuration and configuration of the simulator enable trainee aircrew to perform precision low-level flying, airdrops, disaster relief, HADR Operations and landing in blackout conditions status with zero Flight Time.

Complementing Mahindra Defence Systems, the Air Marshal, added that the IAF has tremendously benefitted from this industry led training model and he hoped that this association would bring rich dividends to the Air Force.

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