MARIETTA, Ga. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) introduced the LM-100Jcommercial air freighter, the latest member of the C-130J Super Hercules family of transport aircraft, in a “rollout” ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Georgia.
During the ceremony, team members walked the first production LM-100J out of the building that is home to the Super Hercules production line. The Super Hercules moves next to the flight line, in preparation for its first flight this spring. This first LM-100J will participate in flight test activity in support of an FAA civil type certificate update.
The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements that result from years of military C-130J operational experience, including more than 1.5 million flight hours achieved by operators in 16 nations. The LM-100J is the ninth production version of the Super Hercules aircraft and its commercial capabilities have the distinction of being the 17th different mission capability supported by the C-130J.
Like its multi-tasking military counterpart, the LM-100J will support a variety of tasks, including: oversized cargo transport, oil dispersion/aerial spray, oil and gas exploration, mining logistics operations, aerial firefighting, aerial delivery, medevac/air ambulance, humanitarian relief operations, personnel transport, austere field operations, and search and rescue.
"Today's rollout not only marks another accomplishment for Super Hercules, but it also reflects the aircraft's capability to evolve to meet customer requirements. The LM-100J program has exceeded all expectations in moving from an idea to a reality," says George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “The FAA has been an essential partner in this aircraft's production and we look forward to continuing to work together as we move into the LM-100J's critical flight test phase."
The LM-100J is the updated version of the L-100 Hercules, which was built by Lockheed Martin from 1964 through 1992. More than 100 L-100s were delivered to both global commercial and government operators, supporting cargo delivery requirements in almost every operating environment in the world.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.
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