Hyderabad: The US ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster, was in Hyderabad on 10 March to advance the US-India strategic partnership. He also visited the Tata-Lockheed Martin Aerostructures facility, which stands as a testament of the strong relationship between the defense industries of the two countries.
Mr Juster said, "From the success of the US-India defense partnership, as exemplified by a decade of cooperation between Lockheed Martin and Tata, to the restoration of the historic tombs of Taramati and Premamati, US-India ties are clearly thriving in Hyderabad."
The 4,700 sqm Tata-Lockheed Martin facility marks the 10th anniversary of this partnership. Airframe components, including center-wing boxes and tail sections for C-130J military transport aircraft, are manufactured at this facility in Adibatla. Tata and Lockheed Martin plans to expand their partnership to produce aircraft in India which would advance the capabilities of the Indian Air Force and accelerate US-India cooperation in sensitive high-end technologies.
The Lockheed Martin C-130J is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft and is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history.
Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company which was formed after the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995.