Defence Min approves buying of C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft

The decision to purchase a new one was taken by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Parrikar.

Published: 18th August 2016 11:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2016 11:58 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Defence Ministry today approved the buying of one C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft, worth about Rs 900 crore, to replace the one that had crashed in 2014 killing five crew members, including four officers.

The decision to purchase a new one was taken by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The aircraft, worth over Rs 900 crore, had crashed while practising a tactical operation along with another C-130J Super Hercules aircraft after taking off from Agra on March 28, 2014.

The IAF had inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft which were bought from the US at a cost of around Rs 6,000 crore (USD 1 billion) in 2010. India has already ordered for six additional aircraft.

The DAC has also approved procurement of 58 night vision goggles for pilots, for night enablement, Defence sources said.

The DAC reviewed progress of capital acquisition proposals in current financial year. Since May 2016-10 acquisition schemes worth approximately Rs 16,000 crore have been approved including 6 at CCS level, sources said.

In addition, four major acquisitions worth Rs 15,000 crore have been cleared by MoD and have been forwarded for consideration of CCS.

With over Rs 31,000 crore major acquisitions either contracted or at advanced stage - DAC urged the services and the Ministry to expedite process.

It was also said that as against 329 Acceptance of Necessity (AON) worth over Rs 5 lakh crore in pipeline in April 2014, today there are about 235 AONs in pipeline.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp