What is the LM-100J plane?
The Lockheed Martin LM-100J is civil multi-purpose air freighter designed to deliver bulk and oversize cargo particularly to austere locations worldwide. The new airlift solution incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100 Hercules plane, the civilian variant of the C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft.
The Lockheed Martin LM-100J is civil multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient transport of cargo, officials say. The LM-100J airlift solution, designed to deliver bulk and oversize cargo particularly to austere locations worldwide, incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100 Hercules plane, the civilian variant of the C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft. Years of C-130J operational experience, including more than 1.2 million fleet-wide flight hours, and technological advancement translates to an aircraft that delivers reliable service in a versatile airframe for decades to come, according to Lockheed Martin officials.
The first LM-100J, which began production in April 2016 and rolled off the manufacturing line in February 2017, reached major production assembly milestones at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites in Marietta, Georgia; Meridian, Mississippi; and Clarksburg, West Virginia. Wing production took place in Marietta, home to the C-130J Super Hercules final assembly line. Other structural parts were produced at Lockheed Martin Meridian and Clarksburg facilities.
The LM-100J's versatile airframe enables it to support a variety of tasks. Multiple roll-on/roll-off configurations are available to expand the airplane's capabilities.
Typical roles include:
Oversized cargo transport
Oil dispersion/aerial spray
Oil and gas exploration
Mining logistics operations
Humanitarian relief operations
VIP and personnel transport
Austere field operations
Search and rescue
Based on the operational C-130J, the civil variant LM-100J can operate from short, unprepared airfields without ground support equipment. It requires minimal material handling equipment and enables rapid onload and offload at truck-bed height. Growth provisions built into the LM-100J will enable it to support a variety of future missions including aerial spray, aerial firefighting and delivery, medevac/air ambulance, humanitarian aid, and VIP transport.
More than 100 L-100s, which were the commercial variant of the first generation C-130, were produced from 1964-1992 at the then Lockheed-Georgia Co., Marietta, Georgia, facility. Many of those airlifters are still operated worldwide by commercial and government customers.
Modern two-pilot cockpit
CNS/ATM compliant integrated digital avionics
Integrated Head-Up Display
New engines and propellers
More power in high field elevations/hot temperatures
Increased block speed
Reduced fuel consumption
Increased gross weight/payload
Automated maintenance and fault reporting
Reduced maintenance per flight hour
Superior dispatch reliability
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