The C-130J Super Hercules, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft has the power to play a pivotal role if needed in case of military conflict, said Air vice Marshal Vikram Singh.
The statement was made by Singh today after watching an astonishing exercise of para diving by seven para jumper instructors from one of the six aircraft of the C-130J Hercules squadron of the IAF. The exercise took place at the Panagarh air base in West Bengal which has been recently renamed as the Air Force Station Arjan Singh, after the former IAF Chief Arjan singh.
West Bengal’s Air force station Arjan Singh which has a World War II era airbase with a refurbished runway, is designated as the second hub for the C-130J Super Hercules squadron after the one at Hindon AFS near Delhi.
“The state-of-the-art aircraft with its tactical airlift and airdrop capabilities is a huge jump,” said the Air officer Commanding, Air Vice Marshal Singh. “In any future conflict, it will play a very important role,” he added.
Speaking about the possibility of taking the C-130J Super Hercules into use in case of a military conflict between India and China, Vikram Singh said, “We don’t buy aircraft with one particular adversary in mind, but given its capabilities it will certainly play an important role in such a scenario.”
A few days after the 84th Air Force Day, informed the Air Vice Marshal, “It is the first transport aircraft with a head-up display which is normally found in a fighter aircraft.”
A head-up display, also known as a HUD, is any transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. A typical HUD contains three primary components: a projector unit, a combiner, and a video generation computer. Originally developed for military aviation, HUDs are now used in commercial aircraft, automobiles, and other professional applications.
“It has infra-red sensor that gives the crew a monochromatic view in front and down below and thus helps the aircraft to fly very low and with accuracy at night,” he said.
Being asked about the expected time for an operation to work, he said, “The closest border with China due north is Sikkim and it will take less than an hour for the C130J to reach from here.”
The Dokalam stand-off that started early this year concerning a disputed territory between China and Bhutan held Indian and Chinese troops engaged in a state of conflict for about three months.