First LM-100J freighter aims for 2017 testing

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The first Lockheed Martin-100J commercial freighter continues to make significant progress, reaching major production milestones at the company’s Marietta, Georgia, USA, facility.

The LM-100J is the commercial version of Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft used by the militaries of 16 nations. The LM-100J will perform as a commercial, multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient cargo transport.

Recent production completed the wings; received delivery of the empennage, manufactured by Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures – an Indian joint venture; began cabin top construction; and received the LM-100J’s cargo deck, made at LM’s facility in Meridian, Mississippi.

The first LM-100J will progress through final production phases over the next few months, with an anticipated first flight in the first half of 2017.

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.

August 26, 2016

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