NEW DELHI, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- India has decided to buy six more C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations aircraft from the United States despite the on-going diplomatic row with Washington over the arrest of an Indian woman diplomat by American police in New York last week, said local media Friday.
The proposal to procure the six C-130J Super Hercules special operations transport aircraft from the United States in a deal worth over 40 billion rupees (645 million U.S. dollars) was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Press Trust of India quoted sources as saying in the Indian capital.
The Indian Air Force already has a fleet of six similar planes which are deployed at the Hindan air base near New Delhi and uses it for carrying out special operations including landing at the inhospitable air strips.
The new lot of six planes will be located at Panagarh in West Bengal, eastern India, said the news agency.
The decision assumes significance as it has been taken when New Delhi and Washington were engaged in a diplomatic wrestling over the arrest and alleged ill treatment to Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade.
Khobragade is accused of visa fraud and underpaying her Indian housekeeper. She was arrested last week in New York by police and was later released on a 250,000 U.S. dollar bail.