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LM-100J (Model 382J)

The LM-100J is the commercial version of Lockheed Martins proven C-130J Super Hercules aircraft the unmatched airlifter of choice for 16 nations. The LM-100J will perform as a commercial, multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient cargo transport. The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s that have resulted from years of military C-130J operational experience including more than 1.3 million flight hours. The result of this experience and advancement translates to an aircraft that will deliver reliable service in a multi-role platform for decades to come.

Through select design changes, the LM-100J performs as a civil multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient transport of cargo. The LM-100J is an efficient and ideal airlift solution when delivering bulk and oversize cargo particularly to austere locations worldwide. The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s at a competitive price that results from years of C-130J operational experience, including more than 1.2 million fleetwide flight hours. The result of this experience and advancement translates to an aircraft that delivers reliable service in a versatile airframe for decades to come.

The LM-100J is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. A total of 115 L-100s, the commercial variant of the C-130 Hercules airlifter, were produced from 1964 through 1992 at the then Lockheed-Georgia Company facility in Marietta, Georgia. More than fifty-five of those airlifters are still in service worldwide used for civil airlift missions in places where jet aircraft operations are impractical.

The L-100s service a niche market, delivering oversize cargo such as oil and natural gas drilling equipment to short and often unimproved airfields that have no infrastructure other than maybe a forklift and a flatbed truck. In addition, L-100s, recognizable by the absence of the two lower windows underneath the aircrafts windscreen, are also used for humanitarian aid, airdrop, aerial spray, VIP transport, aerial firefighting, and other, similar operations.

The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s at a competitive price that results from years of C-130J operational experience, including more than 1 million fleetwide flight hours. In addition, LM-100J operators have access to an impressive global logistics network, a worldwide support system and insights from known operational and support costs.

As it is 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.

Through select design changes, the LM-100J performs as a civil multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient transport of cargo. The LM-100J is an efficient and ideal airlift solution when delivering bulk and oversize cargo particularly to austere locations worldwide. The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s at a competitive price that results from years of C-130J operational experience, including more than 1.2 million fleetwide flight hours. The result of this experience and advancement translates to an aircraft that delivers reliable service in a versatile airframe for decades to come.

Through select design innovations, the LM-100J will perform as a civil multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient transport of cargo. The LM-100J is an efficient and ideal airlift solution for delivering bulk and oversize cargo particularly to austere locations worldwide.

With the LM-100J, we are leveraging the proven technology and capabilities of the C-130J Super Hercules to offer a modern, flexible commercial aircraft that is ready to deliver freight and support critical civilian missions anywhere, anytime, said Jack Crisler, vice president, Business Development for Air Mobility, Special Operations and Maritime Programs.

LM-100J Program

Lockheed Martin officials submitted a Program Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Jan. 21, 2014, for a type design update for the Lockheed Martin Model L-382J airplane, a civil-certified variant of the proven C-130J Super Hercules to be marketed as the LM-100J. By mid-August 2016 the first LM-100J commercial freighter continued to make significant progress, reaching major production milestones at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia. Recent production accomplishments included the completion of the aircraft wings; delivery of the empennage, manufactured by the Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd. (TLMAL) joint venture in India; commencement of cabtop construction; and the arrival of the LM-100Js cargo deck, manufactured at Lockheed Martins facility in Meridian, Mississippi.

As this first LM-100J Super Hercules freighter progresses in production, so does a new era in commercial aircraft operations, said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. Our existing L-100 operators have repeatedly shared with us that the only replacement for a Herc is a Super Herc,and we are proud to meet this demand with the LM-100J. There is a significant global requirement for commercial freight operations to support operations in more austere areas. The LM-100J will not only meet these demands, but exceed them by delivering new and unmatched capabilities to the commercial marketspace by transporting cargo on any runway, anywhere, all the time."

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. It's been said that, "only a Herc can replace a Herc." The LM-100J stands ready for any job at hand. Learn More About LM-100J history.

ASL leased 7 L100-30 Hercules aircraft to associate company Safair, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The airline operates in some of the worlds most demanding environments, tackling some of the toughest assignments and is currently the largest Hercules operator for the United Nations. At the Farnborough airshow in 2014 ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM100J Super Hercules commercial freighters.

The first LM-100J was in production as of April 2016, reaching major production assembly milestones at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites in Marietta, Georgia; Meridian, Mississippi; and Clarksburg, West Virginia. Wing production had begun in Marietta, which is home to the C-130J Super Hercules final assembly line. Other structural parts are in production at Lockheed Martin Meridian and Clarksburg facilities. The first LM-100J would progress through final production phases, with an anticipated first flight in the first half of 2017.




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